2015 - 2016 LEGISLATURE
March 3, 2015 - Introduced by Senators Carpenter, Petrowski, Wirch, Marklein,
L. Taylor, Hansen, Vukmir, C. Larson and Lassa, cosponsored by
Representatives Kitchens, Hesselbein, Spreitzer, Mason, Murphy, Goyke,
Petryk, Mursau, Murtha, Subeck, Bowen, Berceau, Sinicki, Wachs, Quinn,
Brostoff, Ohnstad and Riemer. Referred to Committee on Senate
SJR14,1,1 1Relating to: commending Pope Francis.
SJR14,1,32 Whereas, Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936,
3in Buenos Aires; and
SJR14,1,74 Whereas, Pope Francis, after being elected by the papal conclave on March 13,
52013, as both the first Jesuit and the first Latin American pope, chose for himself the
6papal name of Francis, after St. Francis of Assisi, in order to always be reminded of
7the poor; and
SJR14,1,118 Whereas, since being elected pope, Francis has set an example by choosing to
9forego the official papal residence at the Apostolic Palace and instead choosing to live
10at the Vatican guesthouse, as well as forgoing gold for silver in both his piscatory ring
11and his pectoral cross; and
SJR14,1,1312 Whereas, since being elected pope, Francis has continually brought to the
13forefront issues that are affecting the poor and disenfranchised of the world; and
SJR14,1,1514 Whereas, Pope Francis has set a charitable tone and inclusive example that
15peoples of all faiths can embrace; and
1Whereas, Pope Francis has been recognized for his positive impact on the world
2and world issues; and
SJR14,2,53 Whereas, Pope Francis has announced that in September 2015 he will be
4personally visiting the United States of America to participate in the World Meeting
5of Families and to deliver a landmark speech to the U.S. Congress; and
SJR14,2,126 Whereas, Pope Francis has stated: "No one must say that they cannot be close
7to the poor because their own lifestyle demands more attention to other areas. This
8is an excuse commonly heard in academic, business or professional, and even
9ecclesial circles. While it is quite true that the essential vocation and mission of the
10lay faithful is to strive that earthly realities and all human activity may be
11transformed by the Gospel, none of us can think we are exempt from concern for the
12poor and for social justice"; now, therefore, be it
SJR14,2,15 13Resolved by the senate, the assembly concurring, That the members of the
14Wisconsin legislature welcome Pope Francis on his visit to the United States of
15America, and commend his achievements and advocacy.
SJR14,2,1616 (End)