tv Key Capitol Hill Hearings CSPAN September 23, 2015 11:00pm-12:01am EDT
blessed virgin mary mother of god and blessed joseph her spouse with your blessed apostles and glorious martyrs, and with all the saints on whose constant intercession in your presence we rely for unfailing help. ay the sacrifice of our clinls reconciles, we pray, o lord, advance the peace of all the world. your sed to confirm pilgrim church on earth with , r servant francis our pope my brother donald the bishop of this church, and me, your unworthy servant, the order of bishops, all the clergy, and the entire people you have gained for your own.
listen graciously to the whom of this family, . u have summoned before you in your compassion, o merciful father, gather for yourself all your children scattered throughout the world, our departed brothers and sisters, and to all who were pleasing to you at their passing from this life, give kind admittance to your kingdom. there we hope to enjoy forever the fullness of your glory through christ our lord, for whom you bestow on the world all that is good. through him and with him and in him o god, almighty father, in
thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us. and lead us not into temptation ut deliver us from evil. deliver us, lord, we pray, from every evil. graciously grant peace in our days. by the help of your mercy may we always be free from sin and safe from all distress as we await the blessed hope and the coming of our savior, jesus christ, for the kingdom, the power, and the glory are yours, now and forever. lord jesus christ, you said to your apostles, my peace i leave
with the bishops, the priests, the deacons, the women and men in consecrated life and the lay faithful from around this archdiocese, and across the country, i greet you in the love and peace of our lord jesus christ. your pastoral visit to the church in the united states as our beloved chief shepherd is a blessing for all of us. [applause] the church that welcomes your holiness embraces people from every continent and numerous ethnic and cultural backgrounds. e gather in worship and seek to reflect your call to be
missionary disciples. you can see that this church shows the face reflective of africa, central and south america, mexico, india, asia, europe, as well as our own native americans. applause and cheering] the r from here, in 1634 first catholics arrived in what is now the united states and began the evangelization effort that we see so wonderfully realized today at this great basilica of the national shrine of the i m.m.a. culate conception and the campus of
the catholic university of america. united in faith, we seek always to grow in the joy of the gospel. today your holiness has just celebrated the canonization of the saint who offers us an example of the tireless effort to share the gospel as we seek today to enrich our culture with the great law of love of god and love of neighbor. we also try to care for our common home, the good earth. [applause] all of us at this mass profess our faith and strive to live it
in service and love. take seriously your call to face the challenges of our day and to do so with respect for the dignity of each person, concern for one another, especially the marginalized and poor, and care for the good earth. god's gift to us now and for generations yet to come. and we look to you, holy father, for renewed inspiration o that we might truly be evangelizers. most holy father, welcome and thank you. [applause]
>> good morning. >> good morning. [applause] president obama: what a beautiful day the lord has made. holy father, on behalf of michelle and myself welcome to , the white house. [applause] president obama: i should explain that our backyard is not typically this crowded. [laughter] president obama: but the size
and the spirit of today's gathering is a small reflection of the deep devotion of some 70 million american catholics. [applause] it reflects as: well, the way your message of love and hope has inspired so many people across our nation and around the world. so on behalf of the american people, it is my great honor and privilege to welcome you to the united states of america. [applause] president obama: today, we mark many firsts. your holiness, you have been celebrated as the first pope from the americas. this is your first visit to the united states. [applause]
and you are also the first pontiff to share an encyclical through a twitter account. [laughter] [applause] holy father,ma: your visit not only allows us in some small way to reciprocate the extraordinary hospitality that you extended to me at the vatican last year, it also reveals how much all americans from every background and every faith value the role that the catholic church plays in strengthening america. [applause] president obama: from my time working in impoverished neighborhoods with the catholic church in chicago, to my travels as president, i have seen firsthand how every single day,
catholic communities, priests, nuns, laity are feeding the hungry healing the sick, , sheltering the homeless, educating our children, fortifying the faith that sustains so many. and what is true in america is true around the world. from the busy streets of buenos aires to remote villages in kenya, catholic organizations serve the poor, minister to prisoners, build schools, build homes, operate orphanages and hospitals, and just as the church has stood with those struggling to break the chains of poverty the church so often has given voice and hope to those seeking to break the chains of violence and oppression.
and yet i believe the excitement , around your visit, holy father, must be attributed not only to your role as pope but to your unique qualities as a person. [applause] president obama: in your humility, your embrace of simplicity, and the gentleness of your words and the generosity of your spirit, we see a living example of jesus' teachings, a leader whose moral authority comes not just through words but also through deeds. [applause]
you call on all of us, catholic and non-catholic alike, to put the least of these at the center of our concerns. you remind us that in the eyes of god, our measure as individuals and our measure as a society is not determined by wealth or power or station or celebrity, but by how well we hew to scripture's call to lift up the poor and to the marginalized. [applause] to stand up for justice, against inequality, to ensure that every human being is able to live in dignity, because we are all made in the image of god. [applause] you remind us that the lord's most powerful message is mercy.
and that means welcoming the stranger with empathy and a truly open heart. [applause] from the refugees who flee war-torn lands to the immigrant who leaves home in search of a better life. [applause] president obama: it means showing compassion and love for the marginalized and the outcast, to those who suffered and those who have caused suffering and seek redemption. you remind us of the cost of war. particularly, on the powerless, and defenseless and urge us toward the imperative of peace. [applause]
holy father, we are grateful for your invaluable support of our new beginning with the cuban people, which hold out the promise -- [applause] -- which holds: out the promise of better relations between our countries, and greater cooperation among our hemisphere and a better life for the cuban people. we thank you for your passionate voice against the deadly conflicts that ravage the lives of so many men, women, and children, and your call for nations to resist the sirens of war and resolve disputes through diplomacy. you remind us that people are only free when they can practice their faith freely. [applause] here in the united states, we cherish religious liberty.
it was the basis of so much of what brought us together. here in the united states, we cherish our religious liberty but around the world, at this , very moment, children of god , including christians are , targeted and even killed because of their faith. believers are prevented from gathering at their places of worship, and the faithful are imprisoned, churches are destroyed. so we stand with you in defense of religious freedom, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and intimidation. [applause] president obama: and holy father, you remind us that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet.
god's magnificent gift to us. [applause] president obama: we support your call to all world leaders to support the communities most vulnerable to changing climates. and to come together to preserve our precious world for future generations. [applause] president obama: your holiness, in your words and deeds set a profound moral example. in these gentle but firm reminders of our obligations to god and one another, you are shaking us out of our complacency. all of us may experience discomfort when we contemplate the distance between how we lead our daily lives and what we know to be true.
what we know to be right. i believe such discomfort is a blessing, for it points to something better. you shake our conscience from slumber. you call on us to rejoice in the good news, in the confidence that we can come together in humility and service to pursue a world that is more loving, just and more free. here at home and around the world, may our generation heed your call to never remain on the sidelines of this march of living hope. for that great gift of hope, holy father, we thank you and we welcome you with joy and gratitude to the united states of america. [applause]
by such families. [applause] pope francis: i look forward to these days of encounter and dialogue in which i hope to listen to and share many of the hopes and dreams of the american people. during my visit, i will have the honor of addressing congress, where i hope as a brother of this country to offer words of encouragement to those who guide the nation's political future in fidelity to its founding principles.
i will also travel to philadelphia for the meeting of families to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this critical moment in the history of our civilization. [applause] pope francis: mr. president, together with the fellow citizens, american catholics are committed to building a society which is tolerant and inclusive. to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of injustice and discrimination. [applause]