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Huelskamp invites rival to hear pope’s address

It seems natural for Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, to have invited Bishop Carl Kemme of the Catholic Diocese of Wichita to be his guest for Pope Francis’ Thursday address to Congress. Dozens of other area Catholics have traveled east to experience the first U.S. visit by this “People’s Pope.” As the bishop said in a statement: “In such a short time, Pope Francis has touched the hearts and minds of millions around the world by his authentic humility, his deep compassion for the poor and his clarion call for the church to be a church of mercy.” Perhaps it was in that spirit that Rep. Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler/Hutchinson, invited his 2014 and 2016 GOP primary opponent, Alan LaPolice, who plans to be there. Huelskamp’s other guests include two anti-abortion activists: Center for Medical Progress founder David Daleiden and Live Action founder Lila Rose. Representatives each received 50 tickets for an outdoor area and one guest ticket for the House chamber. – Rhonda Holman