|Pope Francis waves from the central balcony of St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, the day of his election. (Gregorio Borgia / Associated Press)|
WASHINGTON -- Speaker John A. Boehner has invited Pope Francis to deliver a joint address to Congress, in what would be the first such session by the head of the Catholic Church.
The invitation was made on the first anniversary of popular pope's election, and meshes with efforts by Republicans to portray the party as more engaged on the issues of poverty and inequality that have been priorities for Pope Francis.
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