Congresswoman Norma Torres

Representing the 35th District of California
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Torres Reflects on Pope's Message to Congress

September 24, 2015
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC - Today, Rep. Norma J. Torres (D-Pomona) issued the following statement in response to Pope Francis’s address to a Joint Meeting of Congress:


“Pope Francis’s address before Congress as well as the events of the last few days have rejuvenated my faith and brought me closer to a Church from which I, like many others, had become estrangedI am proud, as are so many Catholics in the United States and throughout the Hemisphere, to see myself in this Pope.


“The Pope’s message today was not progressive or conservative, Democratic or Republican.  It was simply an appeal to our common humanity.  Regardless of faith or political affiliation, we can all heed the Pope’s advice to be better stewards of our planet, to care for the less fortunate among us, and to preserve the dignity of our fellow man.  His message to remember our past, acknowledge our failures, and recommit ourselves to the values that have made this country great can be applied to both the work of this legislative body and to our own personal lives.


“Pope Francis’s tenure has been marked by a spirit of reconciliation, cooperation, and respect for others, even in the face of fundamental disagreement.  It is with this spirit that I hope we can move forward and as the Pope said, enable this country, by our work in Congress, to grow its common good.”