Who can cross party lines and bring an entire Congress to their feet? Pope Francis, that’s who. Addressing the US Congress, Pope Francis spoke about the perils of Europe’s refugee crisis and referenced a well known rule that has yet to hit the law books: “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” Continuing his worldwide call for countries to accept as many refugees as possible, The Pope called on Congress to accept more people seeking aid. “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,” Francis said. “To respond in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal. We need to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome.” Opposers to this idea often cite the United State’s lack of resources as a reason to limit the number of refugees accepted into the country; the U.S. has already given more than $4 billion in humanitarian aid, and recently pledged to give $419 million more. The Pope has yet to comment about the impending government shutdown.
Contributor: Phoebe Roe