September 24, 2015
Contact: Dan Weber
Edwards Statement on Pope Francis’ Historic Address to Congress
Washington, D.C. – Congresswoman Donna F. Edwards (MD-4) issued the following statement regarding the historic address to a Joint Meeting of Congress by Pope Francis of the Holy See.  
“For the first time in our nation’s history, a pontiff addressed a Joint Meeting of Congress.  It was a historic event that was equaled by The Holy Father Pope Francis’ inspirational message of peace, tolerance, hope, and a call to action.  I was particularly grateful to hear him stress the importance of working together to end poverty, embrace immigration reform, abolish the death penalty, and address the threat of global climate change.  As someone who has worked for many years on U.S.-Cuban relations, I appreciated his words “When countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue – a dialogue which may have been interrupted for the most legitimate of reasons – new opportunities open up for all.”  
“In the days ahead, Congress must act on several critical issues, which includes avoiding another government shutdown.  It is my sincere hope that partisan politics can be put aside, and that we can take inspiration from Pope Francis’ words here today to build bridges and work together in the best interest of the American people.”