Dorothy Day gets a major shout out from Pope Francis

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Dorothy Day Gets Major Shout Out From Pope Francis
During his speech to Congress on Thursday, Pope Francis mentioned a list of people who "worked to build a better future."

"Three sons and a daughter of this land, four individuals and four dreams: Lincoln, liberty; Martin Luther King, liberty in plurality and non-exclusion; Dorothy Day, social justice and the rights of persons; and Thomas Merton, the capacity for dialogue and openness to God."

President Lincoln and Dr. King — sure, we know them pretty well. But who's Dorothy Day?

For starters, she's the co-founder of the Catholic Worker Movement. The group was formed during the Great Depression to champion pro-union and anti-poverty ideals.

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Day actually converted to Catholicism as an adult. Before joining the church she had an abortion as a young woman.

Pope Francis' mention of Day comes after he recently offered forgiveness of abortion during the Holy Year of Mercy.

"Her social activism, her passion for justice and for the cause of the oppressed, were inspired by the Gospel, her faith and the example of the saints," Pope Francis said.

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Dorothy Day gets a major shout out from Pope Francis
Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Pope Francis places his hand atop a young boys head while the boy takes a selfie before the Pope departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington, en route to the Capitol to address a joint meeting of Congress Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Pope Francis arrives before addressing the joint session of Congress on September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Pope is the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to address a joint meeting of Congress, including more than 500 lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and top administration officials including Vice President Joe Biden. AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis, center, arrives inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, for the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junipero Serra. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pope Francis arrives for the Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via AP)
Nuns sit in their pews while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
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President Barack Obama and Pope Francis walk down the Colonnade before meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A man holds up a Papal flag as he waits for Pope Francis departure from the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Pope Francis will visit the White House where President Barack Obama will host a state arrival ceremony. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
President Barack Obama and Pope Francis are flanked by a U.S. and Vatican flag during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. The Washington Monument is in the background. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after this welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama and Pope Francis stand at attention during playing of the national anthems to begin the state arrival ceremony, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Pope Francis arrives for the midday prayer from the Liturgy of Hours, the daily form of prayer of the Catholic Church, with bishops from the U.S., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Pope Francis give the thumbs-up from the popemobile during a parade around the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)
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After converting to Catholicism, Day dedicated her life to helping the poor and homeless.

She passed away in 1980, and some within the church have pushed for her to be made a saint.

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