Pope Francis not only gave speeches, he also visited victims of sexual abuse and blessed criminals in jails. (Courtesy of MCT Campus.)

Pope Francis not only gave speeches, he also visited victims of sexual abuse and blessed criminals in jails. (Courtesy of MCT Campus.)

By Florencia Llosas, Staff Writer

On September 25th, the cities of Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia were filled millions of believers with selfie sticks to see the Argentine Pope, Francis Bergoglio.

Pope Francis won over the love of many followers (believers and non-believers) thanks to the way in which he has changed how things operate in the Vatican: He chose humility over comfort, poverty over riches, and the ‘make trouble ‘as he would say, over the popular image besieged for a Pope.

In the days to follow, he discussed the problem of immigration and the mistreatment of Latinos in three speeches:  a United Nations address in New York, another aimed at the Hispanic community of Philadelphia and one delivered to Congress, the first of its kind. The salks shed light on issues within not only the Latino community, but among all immigrants, and brought some shame to selected opinions brewing within the Republican Party.

Pope Francis has become the first Pope to give a speech in the American Congress, which turned out to be quite political, as it exposed the cultural issues that the United States has been having with immigrants and refugees lately. He reminded all present there that the reality is: we are all foreigners seeking to improve our lives.

In recent centuries, millions of people came to this land to pursue their dream of building a future in freedom. We, the people of this continent, are not fearful of foreigners, because most of us were once foreigners. I say this to you as the son of immigrants, knowing that so many of you are also descended from immigrants,” said the Pope.

He continued to add “If we want security, let us give security; if we want life, let us give life; if we want opportunities, let us provide opportunities.”

The Pope’s’ words were like a nail on the hands of the many republicans who have been ill speaking about the immigration problems in the Country – Especially Donald Trump – who considers himself a man of God.

The Pope did not stop there, he then moved onto the United Nations, where he reopened the topic, reminding the officials there that we all have the right to justice, by saying: “Giving each his own … it means that no individual or group can be considered omnipotent, authorized to override the dignity and the rights of individual persons or other social groups.”

With everything said about the inclusion of different cultures without the pressure of having many chose between their old customs and their new ones, the Pope left a handful of Republicans and Republican supporters, lacking proper excuses to support their prejudice. They can no longer say that their rejection comes as a mean to help the country thrive nor use religion to hate on the differences that makes many unique.

What is left is to look into the future and seek the signs showing that something has changed. Will the words of such a powerful man be enough to bring forward the change that is needed? Once the thrill and excitement of the visit leaves, will the ideas stay? Or will everything go back to how it was before, unchanged? But most importantly, will everything that was taught, be forgotten?

It is time to seek the justice needed to move the nation forward in regards to the cultural rejection and the outcasting of immigrants plus all of the many other problems suffered by the Latino community and the many other diverse communities.