Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of the U.S. Congress

February 18, 2015

The Holy See Press Office has confirmed that Pope Francis will address a Joint Session of the United States Congress on 24 September 2015 during his pastoral visit to the U.S.A. The Speaker of the House of Representatives, John Boehner, made the announcement earlier on Thursday. In his statement, Mr. Boehner said the Holy Father’s “historic visit” would make him the “first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress,” adding that he was “truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.”

Mr. 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.”

A statement from the Archdiocese of Washington described the announcement as “a great honor and tremendous joy to welcome our Holy Father, Pope Francis, to the Archdiocese of Washington during his proposed pastoral visit to the United States in September.”

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