WASHINGTON — Members of Congress who traveled to the Vatican for the inaugural Mass of Pope Francis praised the new Pope as a spiritual leader who presents the fullness of Church teaching in love.
Rep. Chris Smith, R-N.J., said that it is “really an honor” to both “symbolically and tangibly represent the House of Representatives” at the Pope’s installation Mass on March 19, the Solemnity of St. Joseph.
Smith led a bipartisan delegation representing the U.S. Congress to the Vatican. Members of the delegation attended the inaugural Mass at St. Peter’s Square, which commemorated the Pope’s entrance into the papacy.
The delegation was assembled by Speaker of the House John Boehner,...READ MORE