Immigration reform advocates have addressed Congress before, and continue to do so in large numbers. Soon, Congress will be addressed by Pope Francis, and the hope is that his message will spread far beyond Capitol Hill. On September 24, the Pope will speak to Congress. Two days later, he will hold a meeting with immigrant and Hispanic families in Philadelphia.
Many expect Pope Francis to address immigration reform because the catechism of the Catholic church reads, “more prosperous nations are obliged, to the extent they are able, to welcome the foreigner in search of the security and the means of livelihood, which he cannot find in his country of origin.”
There are many Catholic people in Congress, and some immigration reform advocates hope they will respond best to a message about the topic from the Pope himself.
The Pope has previously made his stance on immigration and the treatment of the poor and indigent very clear, and many hope that an address directly to Congress will reinforce those teachings to lawmakers who have the power to take action on them.