October Focus of the Month ~ Wake Up ~

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With Pope Francis’ recent visit to the east coast I can only say, “we needed this”.  Something to grab our attention and to “wake us up”. I have to believe that no matter what religion that speaks to you that there was some “magic” in Pope Francis arrival and his message.

~From Rolling Stone magazine~

“No one who sleeps can sing, dance and rejoice,” Pope Francis

The Argentinean-born Pope Francis, the first Pope born outside of Europe, has reignited a Catholic base and inspired millions outside his own religious denomination with his selfless, unifying messages that encourage climate change protection, assistance for the homeless and his hope for equality for all, even in the case of hot-button issues like same-sex marriage and immigration.

It’s Pope Francis’ belief that every person should be treated with love and respect, a message that has made him universally loved after critics chastised the Catholic Church for alienating its base and the world outside the Vatican with hardened views.

Pope Francis asked the leaders of the most powerful and wealthiest nation to mend the “open wounds” of a planet ripped apart by hate, poverty, weapons and climate change. “I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship, a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost,” the Pope told Congress. “At the same time, I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope.”

by Daniel Kreps/Rolling Stone

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