Brooklyn, N.Y. – Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke released the following statement to welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the United States, where he will visit Washington, D.C., Philadelphia, and New York City, and address a Joint Session of Congress.
“I join President Obama and the people of this nation in welcoming His Holiness Pope Francis, leader of the Roman Catholic Church, to the United States, home to seventy million of the more than one billion Catholics around the world. Since he was elected in 2013, Pope Francis has become a voice for social justice, focusing attention on income inequality, the threat of global climate change, and the peaceful resolution of conflict. In addition, his contributions were critical to the reestablishment of diplomatic relations between the United States and Cuba after more than fifty years of failed policies that only separated families and limited economic development and cooperation. I believe that we, as members of Congress, with have many opportunities to work with Pope Francis in pursuit of these high purposes. His emphasis on our shared responsibility to honor the inherent dignity of every individual person offers, as President Obama described, a ‘profound moral example’ for people of every faith and of every nation.”
Congresswoman Yvette D. Clarke, a member of the Committee on Energy and Commerce in the House of Representatives, the Subcommittee on Commerce, Manufacturing, and Trade, the Subcommittee on Communications and Technology, and the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations, as well as the Committee on Ethics and the Committee of Small Business proudly represents the neighborhoods of Brownsville, Crown Heights, East Flatbush, Flatbush, Gerritsen Beach, Madison, Midwood, Park Slope, Flatlands, Prospect Heights, Prospect-Lefferts Gardens, Sheepshead Bay, and Windsor Terrace.