Pope Francis on key issues facing the world

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Pope Francis, who drew tens of thousands of people to Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 during his first trip to America, hasn’t been afraid to share his views about some of the bigger issues plaguing the world today.

Hover over each picture to read his words, some of them controversial.

Four stories related to the pope’s visit — and his call for social justice — are also posted below on GermantownBeat.

Climate Change

On global warming: “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish.” – Laudato Si, 2015.

On poverty: “Just as the commandment, ‘Thou shalt not kill’ sets a clear limit in order to safeguard the value of human life, today we also have to say, ‘Thou shalt not’ to an economy of exclusion and inequality.'” – Evangelii Gaudium, 2013

On homosexuality: “If someone is gay and is searching for the Lord and has good will, then who am I to judge him?” – Impromptu airplane press conference, 2013.

On Israeli/Palestinian conflict: “The right of …Israel to exist and to flourish …must be universally  recognized. At the same time, there must also be a recognition of the right of the Palestinian people to a sovereign homeland….” – Tel Aviv, 2014

On education: “Education cannot be neutral. It is either positive or negative; either it enriches or it impoverishes; either it enables a person to grow or it lessons, even corrupts him.” – Italy, 2014

On the rise of ISIS: “In these cases, where there is an unjust aggression, I can only say it is legitimate to stop the unjust aggressor. I underscore the verb ‘to stop.’ I am not saying ‘bomb’ or ‘make war,’ but ‘stop him.'” – South Korea, 2014

On family: “Not only would I say that the family is important for the evangelization of the new world, the family is important and it is necessary for the survival of humanity….The family, whether we like it or not, is the foundation.” – Rio di Janeiro, 2013

On spending for nuclear weapons: “To prioritize such spending is …a mis-allocation of resources which would be far better invested in the areas of integral human development, education, health and the fight against poverty.”  –Vienna Humanitarian Conference, 2014

On the Syrian refugee crisis: “Facing the tragedy of tens of thousands of refugees – fleeing death by war and famine….the Gospel calls, asking of us to be close to the smallest and forsaken. To give them a concrete hope and not just to tell them: ‘Have courage, be patient!'” – Vatican, 2015

Quotations compiled by Leo Alvarez, Michael Catalino, Edward Dunn, Madison Elliott, Anthony Fleet, Jordan Greene, Marissa Mazza, Nicole Paynter, Zachary Renitsky, and Fernando Rios.