Pope Francis to Congress: ‘Purify’ capitalism, embrace immigrants

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Pope Francis greets a crowd on his way to a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 21, 2014. RNS photo by David Gibson

Pope Francis greets a crowd on his way to a meeting with cardinals at the Vatican on Feb. 21, 2014. RNS photo by David Gibson

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(RNS) “Pope Francis will clarify that he never said he wants to abolish the market, but that he said the market needs a purification," according to a Vatican official who has seen earlier drafts of the highly-anticipated talk.

  • Betty Clermont

    The pope will soften his anti-capitalism rhetoric because the 2016 campaign is already underway. Jeb Bush will be at the pope’s Mass for the Canonization of Junipero Serra. (vaticaninsider). “In 2012, Mitt Romney narrowly lost Florida, costing him 29 electoral votes. Seven other states with sizable Hispanic populations also saw razor-thin victories.” (nationaljournal.com) Bush will use the pope’s words on immigration to his advantage as soon as the primaries are over.

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