In his own words: Transcript of Pope Francis’ speech to Congress

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Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the House of Representatives Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington on September 24, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Bourg *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-CONGRESS, originally transmitted on Sept. 24, 2015 and with RNS-POPE-ABUSE, originally transmitted on Sept. 30, 2015.

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(RNS) Original text of Pope Francis' speech to Congress on Sept. 24, 2015

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  • Be Brave

    Not bad Francis.

  • “The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect…”

    The Pope is a misguided curator of a primitive system where love and compassion are conditionally returned for obedience to superstitions.
    He argues against everything which would lesson human suffering:

    Universal Human Rights
    Unconditional love
    Contraception
    Women’s equal rights
    LGBT dignity
    LGBT rights
    Freedom of speech 
Free Inquiry 
Transparent government
    Debating religious claims (Jihad, Sin, Paternalism, Papal infallibility) 
Justice for victims of child rape
    Church/State Separation

    Humanity is stunted by claiming a certain “magic fairy” must be consulted to access these things.

    UNCLE FRANCIS is a doddering celebrity pushing the RCC, a sort of Vatican Colonel Sanders – he’s not a symbol of progress. This speech, humanist only superficially – is not as good as the speech by Atheist Humanist Dalai Llama.