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Watch Pope Francis address Congress

WASHINGTON DC September 24, 2015– “Pope Francis’ arrival is a watershed moment for working people in the United States and an opportunity for every American, regardless of faith, to reexamine the values that drive us as a country. His message of inclusion, economic justice, and social progress transcends party and represents the best of humanity.

“Working people stand with Pope Francis and look forward to welcoming him to the United States, as he puts forward an agenda that lifts spirits and wages.” -Richard Trumka, AFL-CIO President

Click to watch replay of coverage from the morning of 9/24/15:

Read the transcript of Pope Francis’ Congressional address here.

Feel free to leave a comment below as you watch Pope Francis address Congress. We’d love to hear your thoughts, but please be respectful of others.

10 comments on “Watch Pope Francis address Congress

  1. Jassa M Alderman
    September 24, 2015

    Excited to see the Republicans squirm when he starts talking about poverty and climate change!

  2. Anonymous
    September 24, 2015

    Tell em like it is your holyness!!!

  3. Sean
    September 24, 2015

    Great to hear Pope Francis talk about rejecting polarization and strict ideology for the common good, something we must all make an effort to do. Great to hear Solidarity, oneness, love, common good, fraternity, and our connected lives being a large part of the address.

  4. Grant
    September 24, 2015

    Did I hear him give a mention of unions? He said something about workers and solidarity and organizations…not sure I heard it right, but I’ll be interested in reading a transcript to see.

    So far I’m loving this. Now he’s talking about compassion for immigrants. Awesome!

  5. M.J.
    September 24, 2015

    What I love about this pope (and I’m no where near being Catholic. I think lightning might strike if I got near a church!!) is that he speaks of compassion for everyone, not just “good” Catholics. He speaks to divorced people, other faiths, immigrants, children, working people, poor people, prisoners. It’s very telling that so many Republicans are angry with him (one congressman even skipping this event), because they only seem to care about “good” people- rich, white, Christian men who have power. Not working families, not poor people, not prisoners, not people of color, not immigrants. THAT is not Christian, yet those Republicans wrap themselves in the Bible.

  6. Anonymous
    September 24, 2015

    Global abolition of the death penalty! Yes! “Every life is valuable.” I can almost hear Repuglicans heads exploding!!!!

  7. Anonymous
    September 24, 2015

    Punishment shoudl incvlude hope and rehabilitation!! I love this guy. Maybe I’ll convert to Catholic!!

  8. Anonymous
    September 24, 2015

    Hard to undertand him……….????? Will ther be a written version?

  9. Sean
    September 24, 2015

    Great guidance from Pope Francis. Thanks for having the live stream. For those that missed the live version I would definitely recommend viewing the speech before hearing the pundits view. Overall a very inspiring direction from the Pope.

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Kent-Ionia Labor Council

The Kent-Ionia Labor Council, AFL-CIO is a coalition of west Michigan labor unions in Kent and Ionia Counties, based in Grand Rapids.

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918 Benjamin NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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