Pope Francis to address Congress during US visit

REDWOOD CITY, Calif. – Could a visit from Pope Francis shake things up in the U.S. Congress?

Lawmakers on the Hill will find out later this year. 

Republican House Speaker John Boehner announced today that the Holy Father will deliver an address to a joint session of Congress on Sept. 24.

The congressional address is part of the Pope’s US visit that will also include stops in New York City and Philadelphia.

Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress

“We’re humbled that the Holy Father has accepted our invitation, and certainly look forward to receiving his message on behalf of the American people.”

Meanwhile, the pope gave kids with special needs from around the world a “virtual embrace” through an online video chat.

He invited children with disabilities and special needs from Brazil, Spain, India, and the United States to join him in a Google-plus hangout.

The dialogue was broadcast live on the Google-plus page of Scholas Ocurrentes, an independent group that works with Pope Francis to unite schools from around the world.

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  • Delia
    6 February 2015 at 9:41 am - Reply

    In my personnal humble opinion and ,As a human of strong faith , I do not believe any religious leader has a platform before the US government. We have separation of church and state.

    Pope will get loads of criticism about him addressing the congress, He should’nt address the congress. Pope Francis should just skip speaking at political forum and go on visiting the children’s with disabilities and special needs like Mother Teresa used to do.

    Although What i think is , Pope Francis, ought to be challenging the Islamic misrepresentation of Christian characters and ideas presented in the Quran and Hadiths.
    It is actually Islam that is mocking and provoking the Christian Faith and its literal prescriptions for the fate of Christians is more a 2nd Amendment issue than 1st Amendment.

    • Generoso Magaoay
      6 February 2015 at 5:28 pm - Reply

      I think liberal minded (also known as separatist) people have done a good job in misleading the United States. It maybe right to believe that there is such thing as separation of church and state if you have liberal tendencies. If you look into the United States Constitution, you will never find the “separation of church and state. This separation of church and state manifesto all started when Thomas Jefferson refuse to intervene with the baptist church issue at the time. He insisted that the issue should be resolved with the state where the issue took place. Later, many liberal minded practitioners used this case law to manipulate the system. The majority are Christians after all, there is nothing wrong with Pope Francis addressing Congress. Don’t forget, the Catholic church was once a victim of the government manipulation such as mandating the church to provide insurance coverage to its members.

  • Mario
    9 February 2015 at 1:57 am - Reply

    To me Pope Francis is not a religious Pope, he is a political Pope, he will lecture global warming and re-distribution of wealth at the US Congress, his agenda is almost the same as Obama, a product of the Globalist(OWG). He was involved in “Dirty War” a human right violation for the disappearance, torture, kidnapping of priest when he was a Cardinal google; “Jorge Mario Bergalio/Washington”. He grew up in a military junta regime. During his visit in PH, I wish he did not inspired the PH politician/military to form a military junta.

    • Delia
      9 February 2015 at 11:51 am - Reply

      @Mario , I knew i read something like this before about Pope Francis , but there was no follow up stories , so , i forgotten the issue. Now that you mention it , its kind of pretty scary .

      I always thought Pope is supposedly a leader of religion for catholics , a heads of church. Thanks for update.

    • Generoso Magaoay
      9 February 2015 at 6:50 pm - Reply

      @ Mario, I’ve watch a pretty lengthy coverage of his visit to the Philippines. During his visit at Malacanang Palace, president Ninoy Aquino was so quick in throwing at Pope Francis face about past disagreement (including some middle school altercation with Catholic church members regarding his hair issues) with Catholic church. The pope responded that it is everyone’s duty and priority to help the poor.