St. Patrick Parish
Visit to the Catholic Charities Center and meeting with the homeless
The first word I wish to say to you is “Thank you.” Thank you for welcoming me and for your efforts to make this meeting possible.
Here I think of a person whom I love, someone who is, and has been, very important throughout my life. He has been a support and an inspiration. He is the one I go to whenever I am “in a fix”. You make me think of Saint Joseph. Your faces remind me of his.
Amid the smiles, photo-ops and patriotic music at the White House meeting between Pope Francis and President Barack Obama today, the pope made three important points in his short speech.
Standing on the South Lawn in front of some 15,000 invited guests, the pope first delivered an endorsement of the U.S. bishops’ concern for religious liberty and their fight to “preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it.”