- The Washington Times - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

One congressman is circulating a letter to colleagues trying to get them to help him nominate Pope Francis for the Nobel Peace Prize.

Rep. Adam Schiff, California Democrat, will distribute the letter ahead of the pope’s address to a joint meeting of Congress Thursday, his office said, citing the pontiff’s work on human rights and refugees as deserving of the global honor.

“Pope Francis has been a powerful advocate for peace, urging an end to conflict and support for constitutive ties among nations,” Mr. Schiff writes in the letter to the Nobel committee. “He has called on the world to use diplomacy and discussion to solve disputes, rather than military force, coercion or intimidation. This commitment to nonviolence, which the Pope has put into practice every day through his words and actions, is at the core of the principles behind the Nobel Peace Prize.”

The letter also cites the pope’s work to call the world to action combatting global warming.

No pope has ever won the prize.

President Obama, who met with the pope Wednesday morning, won the prize in 2009, the year he was inaugurated as the first black president.

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