Pope Francis to Address U.S. Congress in September
February 5, 2015 — Pope Francis will become the first pope
to address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on September 24, House Speaker
John Boehner (R-OH) announced today.
Calling it a "historic visit," Boehner said that he was "truly grateful that Pope
Francis has accepted our invitation."
Boehner noted that “in a time of global upheaval, the Holy
Father's message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths
and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers and very example bring us back to the
blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another.”
During the pope’s visit to the United States in September, he will also attend the World Meeting
of Families in Philadelphia and visit the United Nations in New York City. [Sources: www.speaker.gov, Catholic News
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