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Rep. Rice's Statement on Pope Francis' Speech to Congress

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U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released a statement today after Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress.

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Washington, DC - September 24, 2015 - U.S. Representative Kathleen Rice released the following statement today after Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress:

“I feel truly blessed to have had the opportunity to see and hear Pope Francis in person," said Representative Kathleen Rice. "He inspired us today to hope for a better future, and challenged us to build that future and extend that same hope to the most hopeless among us, those trapped in cycles of violence, poverty and despair. He told us that ‘their problems are our problems.’ That’s at the heart of everything I believe as a Catholic, as an American, and as a public servant, and I’ll be hearing those words long after the Pope has left the United States. I wish him well on the remainder of his visit and I pray that he continues to inspire others as he inspired me today.”