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Exploring Pope Francis’s Address to Congress

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Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of the United States Congress on September 24, 2015 during his trip to the United States for the World Meeting of Families.  His nearly hour-long speech at once celebrated the history and unique strengths and successes of the United States, and, in the spirit of the Gospel, challenged us to do more with what we have been given.  In particular, Pope Francis recalled the contributions of four Americans to our national story and highlighted the example they provide for us to be better followers of Christ. 

This Teaching the Faith with Current Events elesson explores the text of the Holy Father’s historic speech and considers the ways in which Pope Francis challenges us to live the Gospel in our American culture and throughout the world. 

Recommended For

Grade Level: High School, Middle School, Elementary

Subject: Current Events, History, U.S. History, Religion

Learner: Traditional Classroom, Homeschooled Students, Classical Education , Gifted Learners, Struggling Readers, English Language Learners

Tagged as: thomas merton,  pope francis,  martin luther king jr,  dorothy day,  abraham lincoln

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