Pope Francis expected to challenge Congress during visit to the U.S. in September

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By: Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A political pope is sure to seize his opportunity when he addresses a political body.

So both Democrats and Republicans are looking forward to Pope Francis’ remarks to Congress next month — and bracing for them, too.

The pope thrills Democrats with his teachings on climate change, social justice and immigration. At the same time, his message on life and the church’s traditional opposition to abortion comfort Republicans.

There’s little doubt Francis will seek to send a similar message to lawmakers representing the richest nation on earth.

The pope comes to the Capitol on Sept. 24, where he will be the first pontiff to ever address a joint meeting of Congress. He will also appear on a West Front balcony to greet the public.