Foxx Says Some of What Pope Francis Said at Address to the U.S. Congress was Gratifying

Published Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 12:55 pm

From Foxx’s office:

Rep. Virginia Foxx, R-N.C., today released the following statement regarding Pope Francis’ address to a joint meeting of Congress:



“It’s easy to see why people around the world have embraced Pope Francis. His example of love, mercy and compassion is one that we all should strive to emulate.

“The United States, and the world, are facing difficult challenges, and Pope Francis is correct that the gravity of these challenges demands that we work together to find solutions that respect our differences and conscience.

“It was gratifying to hear Pope Francis speak today for those who cannot by urging us to ‘protect and defend human life at every stage of its development’ and recognize the vital importance of a strong family to our nation’s progress and prosperity.”

Pope Francis is the first leader of the Holy See to address Congress.

Due to the unprecedented nature of his visit, Pope Francis’ address was broadcast live to members of the public, including constituents from North Carolina’s 5th District, on the West Front of the Capitol. Carol Markey, a member of St. Leo the Great Catholic Church in Winston-Salem, was Foxx’s guest in the House gallery.


U.S. Rep. Virginia Foxx represents North Carolina’s 5th Congressional District and is the elected Republican Conference Secretary. Dr. Foxx is the chair of the House Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Higher Education and serves as Vice Chair of the House Rules Committee.

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