Pope Francis Rhetoric

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On September 24, 2015, Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress. Pressing upon many points, he brings up a discussion of many diverse yet equally relevant topics. These included immigration, social violence, poverty, his encyclical Laudato Si, injustice, and legislation. Pope Francis makes a good argument for all he says, backing up his points with viable evidence and appealing to reason. The Pope has been known to choose such thought-provoking topics. He only recently released an encyclical speaking on the matter of climate change, something not touched on by the Church in past years. Pope Francis, in the end, is only trying to instigate the youth to find their voice in the world by including their strife in his quest for good. One topic relevant to the youth that Pope Francis spoke of was the rampant violence in the world. War is so commonplace in our society that many have become numb to it. We are no longer aghast that someone would think to murder innocent people for their own personal gain. We hear of acts of violence because of racism, sexism, and religious extremism. Though we may be…show more content…
Francis preached acceptance of immigrants because, as he states, “We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners.” We should accept those who are no longer safe in their home countries or those looking for better opportunity with open arms, not attempt to shut them out. Increasingly, we are often tempted to only see people as a number, a statistic. Pope Francis admonishes this thinking, saying, “We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation.” He calls upon the Golden Rule as a means of guiding our society towards peace, saying that if we want something for ourselves, we must be willing to give that same thing to

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