Some GOP Congressmen consider skipping Pope’s speech

Pope Francis arrives to celebrate Mass in Revolution Square in Havana, Cuba, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Pope Francis opens his first full day in Cuba on Sunday with what normally would be the culminating highlight of a papal visit: Mass before hundreds of thousands of people in Havana's Revolution Plaza. (Tony Gentile/POOL via AP)

NORTHAMPTON, Mass. (WWLP) – Historically, the pope has been viewed as a conservative leader of the Catholic Church. But many consider this pope, Pope Francis, to have fairly liberal opinions on global issues.

House Speak John Boehner, a Republican, and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, are both Catholics and invited the pope to speak. But some Congressional Republicans hope he doesn’t voice his progressive attitude on issues like climate change, guns, capitalism and immigration when he speaks to a joint session of Congress this Thursday.

One Congressman, Paul Gosar of Arizona, refuses to even attend. He and other GOP members don’t want a religious leader to take political stands on issues affecting Americans, but local people we spoke with disagree. “We need to talk to each other,” Charon Moulton told 22News. “I can’t just shut you out if you disagree with me about some things.”

Pope Francis will be the first pontiff to ever address a joint session of Congress.

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