From ............ National Catholic Reporter

August 12, 1994

page 6

An Ohio Republican and 70 of his colleagues in Congress have asked House Speaker Thomas Foley, D-Wash., to invite Pope John Paul II to address a joint session of Congress.

One potential glitch is that Congress will have adjourned about two weeks prior to the papal visit, but a Foley aide said that if the pope wanted to address Congress, it could be arranged.

The pope was also invited to speak to Congress during his 1979 visit, but it was declined because the offer came one month before the visit and his schedule could not be rearranged.