The Pope Will Address Joint Session Of Congress

Pope Francis

The Pope is coming! The Pope is coming!

The Hill is reporting today that the pope is planning to come to Washington on Sept. 22, and will address a joint session of Congress during that time.

Francis will visit the White House on Sept. 23 and celebrate Mass at Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception later that same day, Auza added.

“And we might say really the highlight of the Washington visit might be his speech to the joint-meeting of Congress, so the Senate and the House of Representatives,” Auza told CNA.

“But these are just proposals. At the end of February there will be the first organizational visit (from a Vatican delegation), and then we will see what we could really fill in,” the archbishop added, according to CNA.

The U.S. trip will include visits to New York City and Philadelphia.

Speaker of the House John Boehner extended the invitation to address Congress last March.

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