By Portia Williams
Congressman Brad Wenstrup of District-2, recently announced that his office is accepting constituent requests for tickets to Pope Francis’ Congressional Address on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, in Washington D.C.
According to the release, beginning at 10 a.m., Pope Francis will address a Joint Meeting of Congress in the U.S. Capitol Building. This address will also be broadcast live on a jumbotron on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol. Each Member of Congress has been given a limited number of tickets for the West Front broadcast to share with constituents.
Tickets will only be given to residents of Ohio’s Second District, and will be distributed on a first come, first served basis. While there is no guarantee that the jumbotron will be completely visible to all guests, the tickets will guarantee the recipients a spot on the Capitol lawn for this historic event.
To request tickets, constituents can visit Wenstrup’s website, www.Wenstrup.House.gov, and click on “Tickets for Pope Francis’ Address to Congress.” Upon completing the request form, the office will follow up regarding ticket availability.
For those unable to attend, C-SPAN will broadcast the Pope’s address on live television, as well as online at www.c-span.org.
Jim Sturgeon of Portsmouth, said he and his family will have the opportunity to see Pope Francis during The World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, Pa.
“We planned our 2015 family vacation to attend the week long World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia about this time last year. The World Meeting of Families is a week-long international event of prayer, teaching, and celebration that draws participants from around the globe,” Sturgeon said. “It seeks to strengthen the bonds between families and to witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society. The World Meeting of Families offers practical tips on how to improve your family and strengthen your relationship with God. The World Meeting of Families concludes with the celebration of Mass on Sunday.”
He said they did not hear of the Pope’s plans to visit until this past spring.
“It was not until this spring we heard Pope Francis was going to preside at the closing Mass for the Meeting. Being able to participate in a Mass with the Pope as the celebrant is privilege unto itself and we anticipate the Mass to be the climax of a week of enriching experiences for our family,” he said.
The Sturgeon family is hopeful the Pope’s message that every human being is precious, unique, and made in God’s image.
“Our prayer is that the two fold message of Pope Francis, that each person is precious with unique and irreducible dignity because we are made in the image of God, and that our true joy and fulfillment lie in knowing, loving and serving one another as God does, takes root in the hearts of all people around the world,” he said. “With all our heart we believe that when mankind truly grasps that every person is made in the image of God, and has value in the eyes of God, and secondly that in loving and serving our neighbor, we are loving and serving God, all of mankind will benefit and society will then be fulfilling what we were created for.”
Reach Portia Williams at 740-353-3101, ext. 1929, or on Twitter @PortiaWillPDT.