InHisOwnWords

 

“I am happy that America continues to be, for many, a land of  ‘dreams’.  Dreams which lead to action, to participation, to commitment. Dreams which awaken what is deepest and truest in the life of a people.”

– Referencing Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.
Visit to the Joint Session of the United States Congress
24 September 2015

“How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without.”

– Referencing the World Meeting of Families
Visit to the Joint Session of the United States Congress
24 September 2015

“Business is a noble vocation, directed to producing wealth and improving the world. It can be a fruitful source of prosperity for the area in which it operates, especially if it sees the creation of jobs as an essential part of its service to the  common good.”

– Referencing Laudato Si’
Visit to the Joint Session of the United States Congress
24 September 2015

“As I look out with affection at you, their pastors, I would like to embrace all the local Churches over which you exercise loving responsibility.  I would ask you to share my affection and spiritual closeness with the People of God throughout this vast land.”

– Meeting with the Bishops of the United States
Cathedral of St. Matthew, Washington D.C.
23 September 2015

“Mission is never the fruit of a perfectly planned program or a well-organized manual.  Mission is always the fruit of a life which knows what it is to be found and healed, encountered and forgiven. Mission is born of a constant experience of God’s merciful anointing.”

– Canonization of Blessed Fr. Junipero Serra
National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
23 September 2015

“This flowing water reminds us of yesterday’s tears, but also of all the tears still being shed today.”

– Intereligious Meeting
Ground Zero Memorial, New York City
25 September 2015

“Our ‘common home’ has been part of this group of the excluded which cries out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities and our societies.  To use a telling phrase of Reverend Martin Luther King, we can say we have defaulted on a promissory note and now is the time to honor it.”

– On Climate Change, Welcoming Ceremony
23 September 2015

“Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose His offer of love.”“Dialogue is our method, not as a shrewd strategy but out of fidelity to the One who never wearies of visiting the marketplace, even at the eleventh hour, to propose His offer of love.”

– Referencing Matthew 20: 1-6
Meeting with the Bishops of the United States
Cathedral of St. Matthew, Washington D.C.
23 September 2015

“You are called to defend and preserve the dignity of your fellow citizens in the tireless and demanding pursuit of the common good, this is the chief aim of all politics.”

– Addressing members of congress directly
Visit to the Joint Session of the United States Congress
24 September 2015