10 Powerful Quotes From The Pope's U.S. Trip

This Sunday, Pope Francis concluded his first visit to the U.S. During his travels, he delivered several powerful speeches. Here are 10 of the most memorable lines from Pope Francis' visit.
“It continues to overwhelm me with shame that the people who were charged with taking care of these tender ones violated their trust and caused them tremendous pain.” — Pope Francis speaks at St. Charles Borremeo Seminary about the Church's sexual abuse scandal.
"We must not be taken aback by their numbers, but rather view them as persons, seeing their faces and listening to their stories, trying to respond as best we can to their situation." — Pope Francis speaks to Congress about the refugee crisis.

"Along the same lines, I would mention another kind of conflict, which is not always so open, yet is silently killing millions of people. Another kind of war, experienced by many of our societies as a result of the narcotics trade. A war which is taken for granted and poorly fought. Drug trafficking is, by its very nature, accompanied by trafficking in persons, money laundering, the arms trade, child exploitation, and other forms of corruption." — Pope Francis speaking on drug trafficking during an address to the United Nations General Assembly.
"This presupposes and requires the right to education — also for girls (excluded in certain places) — which is ensured first and foremost by respecting and reinforcing the primary right of the family to educate its children, as well as the right of churches and social groups to support and assist families in the education of their children." — Pope Francis speaking on alleviating poverty during his address at the U.N.
"In Buenos Aires, mothers say to me, 'My son is 34 and he’s not getting married; I don’t know what to do.' So I tell them, 'Don’t iron his shirts anymore.'" — Pope Francis discusses mothers with "failure to launch" sons during a stop at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
"The poorest are those who suffer most from such offenses, for three serious reasons: They are cast off by society, forced to live off what is discarded, and suffer unjustly from the abuse of the environment." — Pope Francis speaks at the U.N. about poverty.

"It's beautiful to have dreams; it is also beautiful to fight for those dreams. Today, we have to keep dreaming." — Pope Francis speaks about dreams and Martin Luther King Jr. at Harlem's Our Lady Queen of Angels school.
“It is painful when we see prison systems, which are not concerned to care for wounds, to soothe pain, to offer new possibilities." — Pope Francis speaks about the prison system during a stop at Philadelphia's Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.

“But those difficulties are overcome with love. Hatred is not capable of doing away with difficulties. A division of hearts cannot overcome difficulty. Only love is able to overcome.” — Pope Francis speaking on love at Philadelphia City Square.

"Any harm done to the environment, therefore, is harm done to humanity." — Pope Francis speaks at the U.N. about the environment.


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