And, Bishop James Conley with the Lincoln Catholic Diocese hopes the visit makes a difference.
“I would hope that those Catholics that are in Congress, and there are a good number of them, who might hold positions that are contrary to the church’s teaching, whether it be on the life issues or marriage or family, that it might help them, hopefully, help them to reexamine their positions and to again get back in touch with core teachings of our faith,” Conley tells Kevin Thomas, host of Drive Time Lincoln on Nebraska Radio Network affiliate KLIN.
Conley says it was a very emotional experience to be so close to the Pope during his first visit to the United States.
Conley says the visit should encourage all Catholic members to reexamine their positions and get back to the core teachings of their faith.
“He sees things at a different level and he has a great heart for the poor,” according to Conley. “I think that is why he visited The Little Sisters of the Poor and he mentioned even in his speech to Congress about the elderly and how we have an obligation, a responsibility to take care of those who are most vulnerable in our society, including the elderly, including the unborn.”
Pope Francis has continued his visit, with a stop in New York City.
Jane Monnich, KLIN, contributed to this story.