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Congressman Tom Marino

Representing the 10th District of Pennsylvania

Marino: Pope’s Message Was Optimistic and Full of Heart

September 24, 2015
Press Release

Washington D.C.—Congressman Tom Marino (PA-10) issued the following statement in the wake of Pope Francis’ address during a Joint Meeting of Congress:

“The Pope’s message was deeply moving to me. It was optimistic, hopeful and full of heart. His message was uplifting and positive; something often missing in Washington. When mentioning the importance of opportunity he touched the very core of what America stands for: opportunity for all, whether economic, social or judicial. America stands as a beacon of equality under the law, and people from around the world seek to come here with hope of that opportunity.

I especially appreciated Pope Francis’ comments about the United States being a force for good. I was impressed by his mastery of our history and the goodness of our people. It makes me feel proud as an American and as a Roman Catholic to know that the Holy Father recognizes our place in the world and our capacity to do good for the world.

While the pundits speculated and the commentators chattered before and after his speech, I thought this was not about staking claims on who is right or wrong. No politician should use this speech as an opportunity to ‘possess spaces’ as being right. Instead, we should be inspired by his message of opportunity and work to be better for those we serve, for future generations, and for those around the world who continue to see America as a land of dreams.”