Fox News Channel's Shepard Smith explains the Pope. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama introduces Pope Francis to their family pets Bo and Sonny in the Blue Room following the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 23, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Fox News Channel’s Shepard Smith explains the Pope.
photo: President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama introduces Pope Francis to their family pets Bo and Sonny in the Blue Room following the State Arrival Ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 23, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

EVERYONE SEES politics in Pope Francis‘s message. I’m not Catholic, so I’ll stumble along here, but what he’s sharing is the very foundation of our humanity. The U.S. Congress forgot long ago about this part of their job. It’s just one reason why Washington, D.C. is such a punch line.

Pope Francis talks about a faith where no one is held hostage. A life of service where for him there is no service unless he communes with the afflicted, the nobodies, the people who hate politics because their life is the result of it.

From Media Matters, an excerpt

BILL HEMMER: …And, in all likelihood, an equal opportunity offender, [Pope Francis] may leave a little bit for everyone to debate and squirm about. Or he may not. Because his words in Cuba did not go to the political. Perhaps his actions did, as I mentioned a meeting with Fidel Castro, but not his words, Shepard.

SHEPARD SMITH: I don’t know — I think we are in a weird place in the world when the following things are considered political. Five things, I’m going to tick them off. These are the five things that were on his and our president’s agenda. Caring for the marginalized and the poor — that’s now political. Advancing economic opportunity for all. Political? Serving as good stewards of the environment. Protecting religious minorities and promoting religious freedom globally. Welcoming [and] integrating immigrants and refugees globally. And that’s political? I mean, I don’t know what we expect to hear from an organization’s leader like the Pope of the Catholic Church, other than protect those who need help, bring in refuges who have no place because of war and violence and terrorism. These seem like universal truths… […]

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public domain, photo by Pete Souza

public domain, photo by Pete Souza

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