Pope Francis’ words of inspiration about Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, Washington. Photo: Atomazul/Shutterstock

A nation can be considered great when it defends liberty as Lincoln did, when it fosters a culture which enables people to “dream” of full rights for all their brothers and sisters, as Martin Luther King sought to do.

— Address of His Holiness Pope Francis to a joint session of the U.S. Congress, U.S. Capitol, Washington, Sept. 24, 2015

Pope Francis addressed the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24, 2015. Photo: USCapitol/Public Domain

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