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Why Republicans Should Embrace the Pope's Message

Even the pope's choice of liberal icon Dorothy Day as an example of a “great American” holds some opportunities for conservatives.
Pope Francis speaks at St. Patrick in the City Catholic church on Sept. 24, 2015 in Washington.

Pope Francis speaks at St. Patrick in the City Catholic church on Sept. 24, 2015 in Washington.

Photographer: Erik S. Lesser-Pool/Getty Images

In a Thursday speech to Congress that really did serve up the whole Catholic enchilada, Pope Francis called on Americans “to avoid a common temptation nowadays: to discard whatever proves troublesome.”  

His halting English only added power to his words because of the difficulty it took him to deliver them as Francis pointed to four “great Americans” he held up as models: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Jr., Dorothy Day, and the Trappist monk Thomas Merton.