September 24, 2015
Press Release

Washington - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) released the following statement after Pope Francis’ historic address to the Joint Meeting of Congress:

“His Holiness Pope Francis’ address to Congress this morning was a historic, electric moment.   The Pope’s address to Congress was full of hope, inspiration, and moral fierceness.  As a Catholic, I was deeply honored to be in the Pope’s presence this morning.

Today’s historic address illuminates why we love Pope Francis.  He speaks truth to power.  He challenges us to do not what is easy, but what is right.  He asks us to tackle the toughest issues, to do the hard work necessary to create a safer, healthier, more just and more equitable society for each and every American, for each and every citizen of the world.

The Pope’s inspirational comments on fierce and urgent issues like immigration, income inequality, the death penalty and climate change deeply resonated with me.  I hope the Pope’s message of unity, open dialogue and moral action prove to be a watershed moment for the United States Congress in its most solemn duty to act on behalf of the American people to bring justice, equality and peace to our nation and our world.”