Pope Francis tackles issues that resonate with the masses

Pope Francis greets a multi-ethnic group of five children on the tarmac in New York City.

Pope Francis greets a multi-ethnic group of five children on the tarmac in New York City.

There has been a palpable air of excitement even for non-Catholics as Pope Francis mingles with the populace on American shores and addressed concerns that span generations.

President Obama greets Pope Francis.

President Obama greets Pope Francis.

Speaking on the White House lawn during a welcoming ceremony, the Pope evoked the words of iconic Civil Rights leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., when he said it was time to collect on the unpaid “promissory note.”

Pope Francis takes pictures with worshippers in Washington D.C.

Pope Francis takes pictures with worshippers in Washington D.C.

Addressing Congress, Pope Francis tackled climate change, immigration, poverty, homelessness and the importance of being kind to one another. He also referenced King’s march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, 50 years ago, while Rep. John Lewis applauded

At St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City, he talked about the scourge of priests and other Catholic officials sexually molesting and preying on vulnerable children.

Pope Francis addresses Congress.

Pope Francis addresses Congress.

And all the while, the Pope has made it abundantly clear that his heart belongs to the common man. He has chosen to ride around in a tiny Fiat, blanketed by enormous SUVs that make up his security detail.

The Pope is flanked by an impenetrable security detail in New York City.

Pope Francis is flanked by an impenetrable security detail in New York City.

The Pope has blessed believers, charmed children, talked with dignitaries while making his message of love, compassion for others and humility the focus of presentations.

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As Pope Francis continues with his US trip, his mere presence provides a soothing reminder that religious leaders who take an oath of service need to focus on tending to their flock, rather than being seduced by the trappings of power.–OnPointPress.net.

Positive signs that the economy is improving

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The numbers that were released at the end of last week bodes well for steady improvement on the economic front. According to figures released by the Labor Department, the unemployment rate has declined to 6.1% and 288,000 jobs were created in June. These numbers signify that gradual results are being seeing as the economic recovery continues on an even pace.

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One interesting caveat in the jobs report is that one in six job seekers credit social media with helping them land their current job. This should empower the workforce and potential hires to utilize social media not only to socialize but to market their skills and expertise to help smooth the job transition process.

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President Obama deserves a great deal of credit for introducing bold, executive decisions to effect economic change in the face of a recalcitrant, rebellious and do-nothing Congress. And he has promised to continue to act alone if Congress hold fast in refusing to act on behalf of the people who elected them to serve.

President Obama must not falter in his decision. Rather, he needs to act swiftly and decisively to implement more measures that will benefit the poor, the disenfranchised and all who are looking to him for answers. Nothing less will do.–OnPointPress.net.