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Pope Francis Addresses Religion, Islamic Extremists, Immigration In Historic Speech

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Pope Francis Addresses Religion, Islamic Extremists, Immigration In Historic Speech

Washington (AP)  Pope Francis is calling for a “delicate balance” in fighting religious extremism to ensure that fundamental freedoms aren’t trampled at the same time. He says in his speech to Congress that “no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism.” The Pope also says religious, intellectual and individual freedoms must be […]

Pope Francis Addresses Religion, Islamic Extremists, Immigration In Historic Speech

Washington (AP)  Pope Francis is calling for a “delicate balance” in fighting religious extremism to ensure that fundamental freedoms aren’t trampled at the same time.
He says in his speech to Congress that “no religion is immune from forms of individual delusion or ideological extremism.” The Pope also says religious, intellectual and individual freedoms must be safeguarded, while combatting violence perpetrated in the name of religion.

The pope cautions against simplistically breaking the world into camps of good and evil.

Francis has expressed deep concern about the slaughter of Christians and other religious minorities in the Middle East at the hands of Islamic extremists, fearing that the Christian presence in the region is risk. He’s dispatched envoys to Iraq with money and other forms of assistance to help refugees.

Pope Francis is urging Congress members – and the United States as a whole – not to be afraid of immigrants but to welcome them as fellow human beings.
He says people are not things that can be discarded just because they are troublesome.
The pontiff’s admonition comes as the presidential race is roiled by questions about immigration from Mexico and Latin America, and the nation is weighing how many migrants to accept from wars in the Middle East.
The son of Italian immigrants to Argentina himself, Francis noted that the United States was founded by immigrants, that many lawmakers are descended from foreigners, and that this generation must not “turn their back on our neighbors.” His plea: “Let us treat others with the same passion and compassion with which we want to be treated.”

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