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Remarks by Governor Wolf at the World Meeting of Families, Visit of Pope Francis

first_imgRemarks by Governor Wolf at the World Meeting of Families, Visit of Pope Francis September 26, 2015 Remarks Independence HallPhiladelphia, PATRANSCRIPT:Welcome to Philadelphia, and welcome to Pennsylvania. I am very proud to welcome you all to this great Commonwealth. And I am especially grateful to the Holy Father for visiting this city and this state. By his visit – and by his many actions as Pontiff – he is reaffirming the noble values this place symbolizesBehind me is Independence Hall. This was the home of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for many years. The Liberty Bell once rang out from its tower. The second Continental Congress met here. The Constitution of 1787 was drafted here. This is a place of freedom.It is also a place of welcome. The Commonwealth whose government met here was founded by William Penn. Its very existence was premised on the idea of freedom of conscience. Pennsylvania was established by Penn as a refuge for people of different faiths and different nationalities. It was a place that welcomed people looking for a place to worship their God in their own way.And Pennsylvania grew as a result. We Pennsylvanians showed that granting freedom of religion was not simply sound from a moral point of view. It was also smart public policy. Pennsylvania’s economy flourished. And so did its religious institutionsAnd this place became a magnet for great leaders with visions that transcended time. John F. Kennedy spoke here in 1962. Nelson Mandela spoke here. Abraham Lincoln stopped here on his way to his inauguration in 1861. In fact, he also spoke behind this lectern when he delivered the Gettysburg Address just a few miles west of here.This is an important neighborhood, too. The National Constitution Center is just across the green. The African American Museum is just down the street. The National Museum of American Jewish History is right over there. And of course the present home of the Liberty Bell is there.It is therefore fitting that Pope Francis makes this one of his new world destinations. This is a place of history. But more than that, it is a place of strong values and high ideals. Values and ideals that pay tribute to the Holy Father’s focus on justice, fairness, openness.Pope Francis reminds us all of what it is to be human in its most elevated ways. And so does this place.The Holy Father suggests that we should organize our lives in ways that promote fairness and justice. This place tells us we should govern ourselves according to the same values.The Holy Father tells us that the world is noble because it is founded on ordinary souls. This place tells us that a government so founded is also noble.The Holy Father tells us that we can be better than we often are. This place tells us that our government can be, too.So, I am honored and proud to welcome all of you and the Holy Father here today.This is a big event for all of us in Pennsylvania. And I know it is a big event for all of you here today. In a few minutes Pope Francis will give his message. He will inspire us with his thoughts on freedom and democracy. And he will reaffirm the commitment all of us must make to the better world it is our job to build.Next I am proud to hand these festivities over to the Philadelphia Pops Orchestra. And then to Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput, who will make way for His Holiness the Pope.###center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Depay hopes to become the best

first_imgMemphis Depay has set himself the ultimate ambition – to become the best player in the world during his time at Manchester United. Press Association The 21-year-old penned a deal to move from PSV Eindhoven to Old Trafford when the transfer window opens in July and the Holland ace has lofty ambitions of what he wants to achieve in the Premier League. Depay, who has scored 25 goals this season, has a tattoo emblazoned on his chest that reads “dream chaser” and he is setting out to achieve even more in his early career. “His performance on the training ground is different from other trainers. After the World Cup he told me to stay hungry and I told myself to stay hungry. When I made the decision to stay I wanted to be champion and top scorer. I set those goals and I hope to achieve them. “It will be great to have an opportunity to train with him and work with him. Of course I am looking forward. “I want to improve myself but Dutch players have played also in the Premier League and I spoke with many of them. I believe I can be a big player in the Premier League – I showed my ability in the World Cup. “I am very excited. I was always reading about the Premier League. It has been a big dream and one that came true. But is not the end of the dream, it is just starting.” The dream now is more long-term, to dethrone the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and Eden Hazard as the best player in the world. And, with an affinity with former United favourite Ronaldo, Depay has already drawn comparisons to the Real Madrid forward from fellow Dutch international Leroy Fer. Whilst Depay regards Ronaldo as a hero, he also knows he needs to emulate the Portuguese if he is to get close to the dream he is chasing. “I heard Leroy Fer speak about it and it is great to hear that from other players,” he added. “If you read it in the media it is great, but I am 21 and I have not reached the level of Cristiano Ronaldo. “He is a big hero for me and one day I hope to reach that level. He scores so many goals and I want to fight to be one of the best players in the world.” Depay is the first summer signing for United as they look to build on the squad which has all but sealed a return to Champions League football. Meanwhile, United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward is likely to shed some light on Van Gaal’s spending plans tomorrow. United will announce their third quarterly results at noon and Woodward will then take part in a conference call with investors when the subject of summer spending is likely to be raised. “‘Dream chaser’ stands for me chasing my dreams,” he said. “I believe I can be one of the best players in the world and I have to dream and believe to achieve. It is tattooed on my chest. “You just have to work every day on your dreams. My dreams started with going to the World Cup and then when I was there I scored two goals – becoming the youngest ever Dutch goalscorer – and I was very happy. “But when the World Cup was finished I realised that was not it. I had to take more on to the pitch – there was more to do. “So after the World Cup in pre-season I spoke to my manager and said I have to keep focused. Scoring in the World Cup was good but not the end of it. Now I am on fire.” Depay opted to remain in the Eredivisie last summer despite plenty of interest following those World Cup goals against Australia and Chile. He revealed his former Holland coach and future United boss Louis van Gaal told him to keep improving on his game before he made a move for the forward – fending off reported interest from Paris St Germain and Liverpool. “He is different,” Depay said of Van Gaal. last_img read more

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