Rep. Rosa DeLauro will travel to the Vatican next week, as part of a bipartisan Congressional Delegation sent by House Speaker John Boehner to attend the pope’s inauguration mass on Tuesday, March 19.
“I am honored and privileged to be attending the inauguration of Pope Francis I and look forward to bringing the prayers and warm wishes of American Catholics, especially those from Connecticut, to this historic occasion,” DeLauro said in a statement.
Connecticut has one of the highest Catholic populations in the country at over 40 percent, according to a recent Gallup study.
The Speaker named eight other Congress members to attend. The group will fly commercially because their use of military planes has been suspended while sequestration cuts are in effect.
Vice President Joseph Biden will lead a separate Presidential Delegation. That group includes New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Dr. John J. DeGioia, Georgetown University President.