From the office of U.S. Sen. Barbara Mikulski:
MIKULSKI STATEMENT FOLLOWING POPE FRANCIS’S HISTORIC ADDRESS TO CONGRESS AND THE AMERICAN PEOPLE
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Barbara A. Mikulski (D-Md.) today issued the following statement after Pope Francis’s historic address to a Joint Meeting of Congress and the American people:
“Today Pope Francis delivered a message of inspiration and motivation to Congress and to the American people. His words were edifying. He sought to bring people to their higher and better selves.
“The Pope challenged us to work together for the good of families, communities and the good of our society through neighbor helping neighbor and habits of the heart. I couldn’t agree more.
“It is my hope that out of his historic address comes an action plan where we come together to improve day-to-day lives of people everywhere, helping people work toward their hopes and aspirations, respecting human dignity and protecting our planet.”
Senator Mikulski today was a part of a bipartisan, bicameral group of Members of Congress who served on a Papal Escort Committee during Pope Francis’s historic address to a Joint Meeting of Congress. Prior to the Pope’s address, Senator Mikulski and members of the Papal Escort Committee greeted the Holy Father and followed him into the House Chamber. Of that honor, Senator Mikulski said, “I was honored to serve on the Papal Escort Committee and offer His Holiness a warm, personal welcome to the U.S. Capitol.”
From the Office of Rep. Andy Harris:
Congressman Andy Harris’ Statement on Pope Francis’ Address
WASHINGTON, DC: Congressman Andy Harris (MD-01) released the following statement in response to Pope Francis’ historic address to a joint session of Congress:
“As a devout Catholic, I have been impressed by Pope Francis’ ability to communicate so effectively the traditional Catholic messages of mercy and forgiveness, as well as our obligation to take care of those in need. It was an honor to hear him address Congress today. I am glad he included remarks on the importance of family, and ‘our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development.’”