Marshall County Politician Invited To Meet Pope During Visit


Thousands of people are getting ready to head to Philadelphia to see the Pope next week and a politician from Moundsville has been extended a special invitation to see the Pope during his stop at our Nation’s Capital on Wednesday.

Senate Minority Leader, Jeff Kessler, will be joining President Obama and the First Lady on the South Lawn of the White House as part of a special ceremony to welcome the Pontiff to the U.S.

In less than a week; Pope Francis will make his trip to the U.S. for the 2015 World Meeting of Families. Workers are busy getting everything in place to make sure the Pope has an enjoyable, yet impacting visit.

“I’m honored and humbled, quite frankly, I’m a lifelong Catholic,” said Senate Minority Leader, Jeff Kessler.

Senator Kessler has had the opportunity to take a number of trips, meeting swarms of influential people, but this trip has a more significant impact for this devout Catholic.

“When I won the religion award, back in St. James grade school, the eighth grade religion award, I never thought that would translate into an opportunity to shake the hand of the Pope,” said Kessler.

The special welcome ceremony is one intended only for those who have been lucky enough to receive an invitation.

It’s an event Kessler says will be unforgettable, and like any other unforgettable experience in his life, he wants his wife Gretchen to be right by his side; so he has requested an extra ticket for her.

The announcement informs guests that it is non-transferable, so they can’t be given away.

“I wish I could take them all, to be honest with you, my children; my wife and the five kids,” said Kessler.

While the Pope is in Washington D.C., he will give a speech before the joint session of Congress on Thursday, before moving on to New York, then Philadelphia for the Meeting, which will take place next Saturday and Sunday.

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