WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today released the following statement after Pope Francis made history as the first Pope to ever address a Joint Meeting of Congress:

“Pope Francis’s visit reminds all of us that we each play a role in showing compassion for and improving the lives of those in need. As a person of faith, I appreciate the goal of identifying those struggling, and working to find ways to lift them up.

“While we may not always agree on the right approach, I truly believe that we can all work together—across party lines and across faiths—to ensure the challenges we face are met head on.              

“Our great nation serves as a shining beacon of hope and a symbol of opportunity. We must continue working together to seek peace and stability here and around the globe.”

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