It's very interesting to see a nation built on religious freedom to have a Pope speak to a joint session of Congress. Is this American? http://www.washingtonpost.com/news/...vited-to-address-a-joint-session-of-congress/ Anyway, Francis is not shy to air out his political beliefs unlike other Popes in history who have been much more quiet. Where JP II used the media this guy masters it, like, well a politician. In the space of 30 seconds during his speech he condemns both abortion and the death penalty but then again it's in line with what Jesus said or implied. It's the sanctity of life, but isn't that for a personal relationship and not in the chamber where we make law? (btw, I am Protestant, agree with Pope on more things than not, but am not sure about invite to Congress which was mostly the GOP's idea).