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Congressman Mark DeSaulnier

Representing the 11th District of California

DeSaulnier Statement on Pope Francis’ Address to Congress

September 24, 2015
Press Release

Washington, DC Congressman DeSaulnier (CA-11) issued the following statement in response to Pope Francis’ historic speech to Congress.

“Pope Francis’ unprecedented address to Congress was truly aspirational. His message of shared social responsibility in the face of global challenges comes at an important time for our country. Of particular note, were his comments on President Lincoln ‘the guardian who labored tirelessly that this nation, under God, [might] have a new birth of freedom. Building a future of freedom requires love of the common good and cooperation in a subsidiarity and solidarity.’ Whether addressing climate change, poverty and inequality or the global refugee crisis, it is my hope Members of Congress will embrace Pope Francis’ message of moral responsibility and working together for the common good,” said Congressman DeSaulnier.

Earlier this year, Congressman DeSaulnier founded the Friends of Jesuit Colleges and Universities Caucus. The caucus serves as an informal space for Members of Congress to discuss current events and social justice issues from a Jesuit perspective. In a letter to the Holy Father, the newly formed caucus welcomed Pope Francis to the Capitol and encouraged a greater dialogue on issues such as hunger, poverty, war, and disease, among others. 

Dr. James Donahue, a Catholic theologian and President of St. Mary’s College located in California’s 11th District, attended the address as Congressman DeSaulnier’s guest and representative of the Congressional District.