In his final State of the Union address Tuesday, President Barack Obama spoke about several issues that concern leaders of the Catholic Church in the United States, and also quoted Pope Francis, who spoke to Congress during his US visit in September.
The president once again gave a shout out to Pope Francis, who spoke to US lawmakers in September in a first-ever papal address.
Obama quoted the pope’s warnings about not giving into fear and causing the same kind of violence that terrorists promote.
“His Holiness, Pope Francis, told this body from the very spot I stand tonight,” Obama said, “that ‘to imitate the hatred and violence of tyrants and murderers is the best way to take their place.’
“When politicians insult Muslims, when a mosque is vandalized, or a kid bullied, that doesn’t make us safer. That’s not telling it like it is. It’s just wrong. It diminishes us in the eyes of the world,” he continued.
Last year, Obama became the third US president to invoke a pope during a State of the Union, focusing on Francis’ role in helping the United States restore diplomatic relations with Cuba.
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