Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on September 24, House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) announced Thursday.
“That day his holiness will be the first pope in our history to address a joint session 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,” Boehner told reporters during his weekly press conference.
Boehner extended an open invitation for the Pope to address Congress in March.
In a statement issued after his press conference the Speaker highlighted his expectations for the pontiff’s message.
“In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds,” Boehner said. “His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another. We look forward to warmly welcoming Pope Francis to our Capitol and hearing his address on behalf of the American people.”