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Congresswoman Linda Sanchez

Representing the 38th District of CA

Linda Sánchez Statement on Pope Francis Speech to Congress

September 24, 2015
Press Release

Washington, D.C. –  Rep. Linda Sánchez (CA-38), Chairwoman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, today released the following statement on Pope Francis’ address to Congress:

“Few words can describe the feeling of being in the House chamber this morning.  As the daughter of immigrant parents, as a Catholic, as a Latina, I am overjoyed. 

“Today, Pope Francis spoke to all faiths and parties.  He shared with us a message that is critically needed in Congress and our nation.

“He called on us to help—and to give hope—to those trapped in a cycle of poverty.  He challenged us to have the courage and resolve necessary to combat climate change. And most of all, he spoke of compassion and of the Golden Rule, as our moral compass to address immigration reform.

“Our nation faces difficult challenges in the days, months, and years ahead.  But if we heed Pope Francis’ message and ‘call for a renewal of cooperation,’ I know we can meet them.

“We have an opportunity to be a better America.  A chance to live up to our creed as “the land of the free and the home of the brave.”

“Let’s get to work.”