VATICAN CITY — Here is a statement by U.S. Rep. Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, after her meeting with Pope Benedict XVI today. The statement was distributed by her staff. Click here for the earlier Vatican statement.
It is with great joy that my husband, Paul, and I met with His Holiness Pope Benedict XVI today.
In our conversation, I had the opportunity to praise the church’s leadership in fighting poverty, hunger and global warming, as well as the Holy Father’s dedication to religious freedom and his upcoming trip and message to Israel.
I was proud to show His Holiness a photograph of my family’s papal visit in the 1950s, as well as a recent picture of our children and grandchildren.”