BRIDGEPORT, Conn. — Bridgeport Bishop Frank J. Caggiano will be in the crowd when Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress in Washington D.C. next week, thanks to an invite from U.S. Sen. Chris Murphy.
And some residents of Connecticut can also get a glimpse of the pope as he gives a brief greeting outside the U.S. Capitol after his address. A limited number of tickets are available through Murphy's office.
Pope Francis will address Congress on Sept. 24 as part of his first trip to the U.S.
Connecticut residents who are interested should call Murphy’s Hartford office at 860-549-8463 or his Washington office at 202-224-4041. Tickets will be provided on a first-come, first-serve basis.
“It’s an honor to invite Bishop Caggiano to join me when Pope Francis visits Washington and addresses Congress,” said Murphy (D-Conn.). “Bishop Caggiano has dedicated his life to public service and has been recognized around the world for his commitment to serving our most vulnerable neighbors.
"I invited Bishop Caggiano because he is a fierce advocate for Bridgeport’s youth and families in need. He has made Pope Francis's teachings of respect for our environment and emphasis on economic and social justice core tenets for the Bridgeport Diocese.”
Caggiano said he was grateful to Murphy for the invitation.
“On the personal side, this is a great thrill and opportunity for me to be present at a Joint Session of Congress," he said. "Our Holy Father has spoken with great urgency about many of the issues that affect the lives of people across the globe — from the need to be better stewards of creation and advocates for economic and social justice to the mandate to safeguard all human life, including those who are increasingly threatened by religious persecution.
"His talk before Congress will be an extraordinary moment in United States history and a moment of great pride for all Catholics. He’ll remind us that the vision and mission of the church go beyond all politics and speak to the aspirations of all people rooted in their human dignity and faith in God, which is the basis of all rights. In his compassion for all those who suffer and his vision of the Church as an instrument of mercy, we have much to be thankful for. His visit to the U.S. fills us with hope and I look forward to the remarkable witness he will bring to our country and to our church."
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