Screenshot of the CBC letter to the Pope. Photo: Screenshot
Fri, Dec 13, 2013 2:22 PM EST

Today, Congressional Black Caucus Chair Marcia L. Fudge sent a letter to Time's Man of the Year Pope Francis complimenting the Catholic holy leader for drawing attention to inequality. There was no 'ask' in the letter, nor a call to join arms. Also, no mention of race, though there is a note that "nearly 1 in 4 children go to bed hungry every night." It's basically a thank you letter with a message that could be summarized as "I see you over there, playa, keep up the good work." 

From Fudge's actual words: 

"Since the beginning of your service, you have been vocal about the need for elected officials to acknowledge the growing inequality in our world. You have called upon us to look beyond the superficial approach to problem-solving and to dig deeper in addressing the real needs of people in our society. You have asked that we work together to make the structural changes required to close the widening gap between the rich and the poor. For more than 41 years, this has also been the charge of the Congressional Black Caucus. ... We stand with you in your appeal against complacency, and we admire your courage in working to make sure the Catholic Church is deeply engaged in the most pressing issues of our time."

Read the rest of her letter to see what else Rep. Fudge had to say to him. It sounds like at least Obama has lately been paying attention to the Pope on this issue.