"To love the church means also to have the courage to take difficult, painful decisions, always keeping the good of the church in mind, not oneself."—Pope Benedict XVI bidding an emotional farewell at his final general audience in St. Peter's Square on the eve of his retirement.

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"We do well by placing a statue of her here. But we can do no greater honor to her memory than to carry forward the power of her principle and a courage born of conviction."—President Barack Obama in comments as the nation's most powerful politicians honored Rosa Parks by unveiling her statue in a permanent place in the U.S. Capitol.

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"I'm not here for the sympathy or the pat on the back. I'm here to speak up for my son."—Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse, was among those cut down at a Connecticut elementary school in December, asking the Senate Judiciary Committee to ban assault weapons like the one that killed his child.


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