Hoeven Statement on His Holiness Pope Francis' Address to Congress

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today issued the following statement after His Holiness Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting of Congress in a historic speech this morning:

“The pope’s address to Congress was truly inspirational,” Hoeven said. “During his speech, he encouraged us to move forward together, as one nation, with a renewed spirit of solidarity in doing just that. When he brought up the Golden Rule – do unto others as you would have them do unto you – that was a special moment for me personally. But the pope wasn’t just speaking to members of Congress, he was speaking to the entire country with a message that was inspirational and uplifting.

“Pope Francis reminded us that it is important that we cooperate with each other for the common good. Sometimes our differences in philosophy have been used to divide us, but Pope Francis today reminded us that these differences can make us stronger if we engage with a spirit of respect for the dignity of every human being. I look forward to continuing to work with people of good will to build and strengthen America for the benefit of all.”