Pope Francis hails America’s freedoms, but saves strongest praise for the nation’s immigrants

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Hispanic immigration rights protestors hold up signs reading "Un Mundo Sin Muros" (A World Without Walls) as they wait for Pope Francis to arrive on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 26, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Bourg
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Hispanic immigration rights protestors hold up signs reading "Un Mundo Sin Muros" (A World Without Walls) as they wait for Pope Francis to arrive on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on September 26, 2015. Photo courtesy of REUTERS/Jim Bourg *Editors: This photo may only be republished with RNS-POPE-IMMIGRATION, originally transmitted on Sept. 26, 2015.

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PHILADELPHIA (RNS) The pontiff had a chance to endorse the U.S. bishops' religious liberty battles against gay rights and the contraception mandate. But he passed.

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  • “Do not forget the lessons you learned from your elders…”

    In other words, GO TO CHURCH.

  • “do not be ashamed of what is part of you..”

    Unless you are Gay, Bi, Trans, Divorced, Lesbian, or a woman.
    “have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” (2 Thessalonians 3:14)

    The Pope can abandon the Bible if he wants to. But if he does, he needs to stop calling it ‘scripture’.

  • Betty Clermont

    The pope highlighted the “various forms of modern tyranny [that] seek to suppress religious freedom, or try to reduce it to a subculture without right to a voice in the public square.” That was his dogwhistle to his episcopate and the rest of the religious right to continue their efforts to deny women healthcare and gay civil rights.

  • Sister Geraldine Marie, OP, RN, PHN

    A wise man knows when to speak and when not to. Papa Francis is a very wise and kind man.

    The Statue of Liberty, standing in New Jersey harbor, proclaims that immigrants are welcome to our country, in fact, beckons them to come!

    The current (and past) reluctance to accept, even welcome, immigrants (depending on their nationality), is due to one factor and that is ECONOMIC–MONEY. It always is, n’est-ce pas?

    My concern is that the newcomers learn English as quickly as possible. Americans are more patient than other nations (not by much, as they used to be), and immigrants would be accepted more easily if they would only make this one of their first priorities.

  • Billysees

    Max,
    “have nothing to do with him, that he may be ashamed.” (2 Thessalonians 3:14)

    From an earlier post by you —
    “Believe or be condemned” – JESUS (Mark 16:16)

    I admit how bad those quotes sound.

    Paul often writes like an ignorant man by promoting harmful relationships between people as your example indicates. Who is good enough or who is anyone to ignore another ‘that he may be ashamed’? I just hate reading those kinds of writings.

    As for Mark 16:16 — again, using the word condemn to characterize unbelief sounds really dumb. It is promoting some kind of hatred or dislike towards others.

    The Bible is a mixed bag for sure.

  • Bernardo

    Immigrants who drove the first Americans onto reservations by killing off the buffalo, their main source of food and clothing forcing them to eat and dress like the English, French, Irish, Germans and Mexicans gun-toting immigrant conquerors Christianity at its “best”!!!!!!!.

  • Billysees,

    I like what the Pope is trying to do. He wants ‘love’ to be his message.
    I’m for love. It is the only thing worth living for. No gods needed. Or wanted. For such a thing so important as love.

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