Francis cites controversial monk, activist in address to Congress

September 24, 2015 6:49 PM

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Pope Francis, in his address to Congress Thursday, repeatedly cited the example of two American Catholics – Thomas Merton and Dorothy Day – figures who often have been on the fringes of the Church, but whose legacies have been thrust back into the spotlight by Francis.

Including Day and Merton alongside classic American historical figures like Martin Luther King Jr. and Abraham Lincoln, the Argentinian pontiff cited the pair as examples for Catholics and lawmakers to follow. Both were known for their keen interest in social justice and dialogue with other religion...

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