U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo will take Wichita’s Bishop Carl Kemme as his guest when Pope Francis makes an historic address to Congress next week.
The pope will address Congress as part of his first visit to the United States. He also will visit the White House and hold events in New York and Philadelphia.
Each member of Congress can take one guest to Pope Francis’ speech on Sept. 24. Pompeo chose the bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita.
“In a time when our country is riddled with uncertainty, Pope Francis’ message of compassion and humility is certain to touch the hearts of people everywhere. I look forward to Bishop Kemme returning to Kansas and sharing the inspirational words of His Holiness,” Pompeo said in a news release.
Pope Francis appointed Kemme to serve as the 11th bishop of Wichita in 2014.
U.S. Rep. Kevin Yoder, who represents the Third Congressional District in Johnson County, plans to take his wife, Brooke. Other members of the Kansas delegation have yet to announce their guests.