Skip to comments.Obama says Pope Francis is a reminder of human dignity
Posted on 04/15/2014 11:52:57 AM PDT by NYer
.- Speaking at the 2014 Easter Prayer Breakfast at the White House, U.S. President Barack Obama reflected on his recent meeting with Pope Francis, whom he described as an inspiration.
“I’ll tell you, I felt this spirit when I had the great honor of meeting His Holiness, Pope Francis,” the president said, recalling his March 27 meeting with the Holy Father at the Vatican.
“I think it’s fair to say that those of us of the Christian faith, regardless of our denomination, have been touched and moved by Pope Francis,” he said, explaining that this is partly because of the pontiff’s words, which offer “a message of justice and inclusion, especially for the poor and the outcast. He implores us to see the inherent dignity in each human being.”
“But it’s also his deeds, simple yet profound – hugging the homeless man, and washing the feet of somebody who normally ordinary folks would just pass by on the street. He reminds us that all of us, no matter what our station, have an obligation to live righteously, and that we all have an obligation to live humbly.”
Obama said that he “had a wonderful conversation with Pope Francis, mostly about the imperatives of addressing poverty and inequality.”
He noted that he invited the Holy Father to visit the United States, and quoted from the Pope’s apostolic exhortation, “Evangelii Gaudium,” which the pontiff gave to him as a gift.
Reports on the private meeting between the president and the Pope, which lasted nearly an hour, indicated that they discussed topics including immigration, human trafficking, and religious freedom, which has become an increasing concern for the U.S. Church under the Obama administration.
In his remarks at the prayer breakfast, the president also reflected on the April 13 shooting outside a Jewish community center in Overland Park, Kan. He called on the people of America to unite against violence and remember that “we’re all children of God. We’re all made in His image, all worthy of his love and dignity.”
He also praised the ministry work done by various groups to promote peace, as well as “justice and dignity and inclusion.”
“So this Easter Week, of course we recognize that there’s a lot of pain and a lot of sin and a lot of tragedy in this world, but we’re also overwhelmed by the grace of an awesome God,” he said.
“We’re reminded how He loves us, so deeply, that He gave his only begotten Son so that we might live through Him. And in these Holy Days, we recall all that Jesus endured for us – the scorn of the crowds and the pain of the crucifixion, in our Christian religious tradition we celebrate the glory of the Resurrection – all so that we might be forgiven of our sins and granted everlasting life.”
Obama said that the story Christ’s passion, death and resurrection “inspires us still today.”
“We are drawn to His timeless teachings, challenged to be worthy of His sacrifice, to emulate as best we can His eternal example to love one another just as He loves us.”
“But we respectfully disagree on the issue of baby killing.” - 0
The question I have is, what the hell would zero know about human dignity?
Even the devil can quote scripture.
But the devil always ultimately is for taking someone away from God.
Chris Stevens is unavailable to comment on that.
Got to hang on to the Catholic vote, even if Obama is at complete odds with Catholic principles.
Sacrificial Lambs never are.
LOL nice photo, Catholic News Agency!
If you want Catholics to stop voting for democrats, keep making that point. You probably won't get through to entrenched tribal voters, but those who are even remotely open to the idea of ideological/philosophical voting will hear you if you persist. And it's not just 0bama; the entire democrat party is completely at odds with the Roman Church.
Oh look! Yet another halo picture.
Perhaps he could start by seeing the inherent human dignity in Tea Party members.
Well, he has had to present some medals to some military heroes, so maybe he got a whiff of human dignity on those occasions.
“He implores us to see the inherent dignity in each human being.”
Then why don’t you listen to him, Mr. Obama? Pope Francis has made it VERY clear that this includes pre-born human beings as well.
Just words on the teleprompter to King Barry, he has absolutely no idea what human dignity is or he would be putting out money to run orphanages instead of money for slaughtering infants in the womb.
Cause HE (obama) sure ain’t.
Makes me want to puke.
For your collection.
And they'll remind us, Obama is THE model of humility .....
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