The Pope Against Poverty

By Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro

As a lifelong Catholic whose values were formed in the parish of St. Michael’s in Wooster Square, New Haven, I had a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity last March to be there when Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio became Pope. With charisma, grace, and humility, an open heart and an inclusive vision, Cardinal Bergoglio spoke eloquently about the message of his Papacy and the choice of Francis as his name, the first so named in the two-millennium history of the Church.

The symbolism is unmistakable. Is there any saint in Christian history more beloved than Francis of Assisi? The choice reflects that this papacy will be centered, as was the life of Francis of Assisi, on the call to service, and on our moral responsibility to the least fortunate and most vulnerable members of our society. Pope Francis knows these struggles firsthand. He is the son of Italian immigrants to Argentina – immigrants seeking a better life. His father was a railroad worker. In his brief tenure so far, he has urged the Church to look outward – not to be obsessed purely with its internal struggles, but to see that its flock is suffering. Continue reading The Pope Against Poverty