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WASHINGTON, DC – House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) today made the following announcement:

“It is my great privilege to announce that His Holiness Pope Francis will visit the United States Capitol on Thursday, September 24, 2015.  On that day, he will become the first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress.  It will be a historic visit, and we are truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation.

“In a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father’s message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds.  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.” 

NOTE: Details regarding media credentialing and logistics for the joint meeting will be released at a later date. 

UPDATE: Read the Vatican's official acceptance of the invitation for His Holiness Pope Francis to address Congress.

BREAKING → Pope Francis will visit @USCapitol on 9/24 & become first @Pontifex to address a joint meeting of Congress.