Houstonians Travel To Washington To Witness Pope’s Historic Visit

Pope Francis is in Washington D.C. for his first-ever visit to the United States, and some supporters are travelling all the way from Houston.

High school senior Bart Bramanti was thrilled to learn he’ll be in Washington for the Pope’s visit.

“I got a text message from my mom, and it just said, ‘we’re going to D.C. to see the Pope,’ and I had no idea how,” Bramanti says.

Bramanti was the lucky student selected after Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee donated four tickets to his high school, St. Pius X. He’s making the trip to D.C. along with his mother and two administrators. Bramanti says he thinks the Pope could provide some much-needed guidance to Washington lawmakers. He’ll be the first pontiff ever to address a joint session of Congress.

“Pope Francis I guess has the nerve to be able to call a spade a spade and tell the Congress what is wrong and what their moral obligations are to the people in this country,” Bramanti says.

The Pope’s visit also includes stops in New York and Philadelphia. He’s expected to address the United Nations, meet with prominent catholic leaders and deliver remarks on immigration.




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