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Pope Francis to Become First Pontiff to Address Both Houses of US Congress

Posted: February 8th, 2015 | Author: | Filed under: Favorite New Thought, From The Web | Tags: , , , , , | Comments Off on Pope Francis to Become First Pontiff to Address Both Houses of US Congress

Pope FrancisPope Francis will address a joint session of the US Congress in September, marking the first time the head of the Catholic Church has delivered such a speech, lawmakers say.

The pontiff, who is also expected to meet president Barack Obama, will speak before members of the Senate and House of Representatives on September 24.

“That day, His Holiness will be the first pope in our history to address a joint session of Congress,” US speaker of the house John Boehner told reporters. “We are humbled that the holy father has accepted our invitation and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people.”

Pope Francis confirmed late last year that he would visit the United States in September to take part in a Catholic Church congress in Philadelphia.

During his visit, he will also address the United Nations in New York ::::
Pope Francis to Become First Pontiff to Address Both Houses of US Congress
“I am very much looking forward to welcoming Pope Francis to the United States later this year,” Mr Obama said at Thursday’s National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

Pope Francis is hugely popular in the United States, with a Pew poll in December showing 78 per cent of Americans have a favourable view of the Pope.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said lawmakers were “honoured and overjoyed that Pope Francis, the first pontiff born in the Americas, has accepted our invitation”.

The Argentina-born Pope has “inspired a new generation of people, regardless of their religious affiliation, to be instruments of peace,” she added.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell said he looked forward to hearing Pope Francis’s “call to love our neighbours”, while praising the pontiff’s “engaging and compelling style”.

Pope Francis has touched on issues like climate change that remain deeply divisive in Congress, where many Republicans hesitate to openly accept scientific assessments that human activity has led to global warming.

He announced last month that he would make his first visit to Africa later this year, with stops in Uganda and Central African Republic.

The Pope is also scheduled to travel to Ecuador, Bolivia and Paraguay in July.


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“The internet offers immense possibilities for encounter and solidarity. This is something truly good, a gift from God,” the Argentinian born pontiff said in his first World Communication Day message, given annually by the pope. :Let us boldly become citizens of the digital world. Let our communication be a balm which relieves pain and a fine wine which gladdens hearts.”

The 77-year-old pontiff is a keen Twitter user whose account has attracted more than 10 million followers, check: twitter.com/Pontifex

But he also makes a point of privileging human relationships and physical touch, often walking among the crowds who flock to see him in St Peter’s Square and embracing the ill or disabled :: Read the full article »»»»


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