WASHINGTON, DC (WLOX) - Pope Francis began his second full day in the US by addressing our nation's leaders in a joint session of Congress. In his speech, the pope highlighted the contributions of four people who he said shaped fundamental American values: President Abraham Lincoln, civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, social activist Dorothy Day, and writer Thomas Merton.
House Speaker John Boehner, who is Catholic, said he's worked for the last two decades to get a pope to address Congress. After the speech, Boehner stood with the pontiff in the speaker's balcony of the Capitol, where he greeted tens of thousands of people and offered a prayer.
Among those on Capitol Hill for the historic speech were Bishop Roger Morin and Monsignor Dominick Fullam of the Biloxi Diocese, who were guests of Congressman Steven Palazzo.
"It was more than an honor to be in the presence of Pope Francis and hear his words of wisdom. Something I think we can all take away from his address is to remember the golden rule, "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." I believe this is an important message that would make the world a better place immediately if embraced by all," Congressman Palazzo said.
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