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Note to the U.S. Congress: No gladhanding the Pope

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 00:56

U.S. lawmakers urged to take ''hands off'' approach with Pope Francis when he addresses a special joint meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives in Washington. Deborah Gembara reports.

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In Washington, where pressing the flesh is just part of doing business, lawmakers have been given strict guidelines regarding the Pope's upcoming visit -- to keep their hands to themselves. Party leaders sent lawmakers the protocol advisory on Friday ---- no handshakes or long conversations with the pontiff -before his speech to congress. While no specific mention was made prohibiting them from kissing the pope's ring, they've been reminded that Pope Francis is on a very tight schedule. On Thursday, Pope Francis will enter the House chamber through the same door the president Barack Obama uses for his State of the Union address, wading through a sea of lawmakers to reach the podium. This visit is the Pope's first to the U.S. since become head of the Roman Catholic Church.

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Note to the U.S. Congress: No gladhanding the Pope

Sunday, September 20, 2015 - 00:56