Congressman Invites Catholic School Teacher to Meet the Pope in Congress

Barack Obama and Pope Francis during an arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, September 23, 2015. More than 15,000 people packed the South Lawn for a full ceremonial welcome on Pope Francis' historic maiden visit to the United States. AFP PHOTO / JIM …
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Rep. French Hill (R-AR) invited his former high school Physics teacher, Father Lawrence Frederick, to Washington, D.C. to see the Pope address Congress on Thursday.

Frederick has been working with students at Catholic High School since 1966, according to KATV.

He left an impression on his former student, now Congressman French Hill, who has invited Frederick to join him during the Pope’s visit.

“I’m excited, yes I am. I’ve never physically been around the Pope,” Frederick says.

“According to the Office of House Speaker John Boehner, this week’s visit will be the first time a Pope has ever given a speech to a joint session of Congress and the first time Francis has visited the U.S. as Pope,” reported KATV.

“I know a lot of people who’re not Catholic who say they really like this Pope and they relate to him,” Frederick stated. “The more people [who] relate to this man, the more they’ll relate to what he has to stay, and what he has to say covers all Christians really.”

Pope Francis will spend six days in the United States visiting New York, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia.