I witnessed history.
President Barack Obama welcomed His Holiness Pope Francis to the U.S. during a White House ceremony, and I was there.
The experience was full of emotions. While of course I was excited to just see the pope and the president from a distance, I was also excited and curious to hear what His Holiness would say.
Pope Francis did not disappoint. His words of inclusiveness, justice, reconciliation and freedom resonated with me.
Mr. President, together with their fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities, and to rejecting every form of unjust discrimination.
His words served as a reminder to how he brought me back to the Church. Pope Francis has encouraged all Catholics to be more tolerant and inclusive, and I have witnessed that every Sunday at mass. That is why I return each week and why I hope to have a family someday that can be involved in the Church.
Pope Francis recognized the importance of family and its meaning in the modern world during his address to Congress.
Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life.
Listen to how he says this. Pope Francis did NOT say that same-sex marriage cheapens or lessens the family dynamic. He focused on what truly matters — the richness and beauty of family life. His Holiness went on to even address the troubles of the young.
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