September 23, 2015

New Mexico politicos see the Pope in D.C.

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Ben Ray Luján with his mother Carmen Luján ahead of Pope Francis' address at the White House. Photo via Ben Ray Luján's Twitter account.

New Mexicans were among the thousands to see Pope Francis’ historic visit to Washington D.C. today.

Ben Ray Luján with his mother Carmen Luján ahead of Pope Francis' address at the White House. Photo via Ben Ray Luján's Twitter account.

Ben Ray Luján with his mother Carmen Luján ahead of Pope Francis’ address at the White House. Photo via Ben Ray Luján’s Twitter account.

The Pope will address Congress on Thursday, but the New Mexico delegation was on hand on Wednesday with guests to see the Pope speak on the White House South Lawn. The Pope addressed climate change, saying it is “a critical moment in history” to address the problem, and referred to himself as “the son of an immigrant family.”

Both play into recent American politics, as one might expect from a speech in Washington D.C., but also to common themes of Pope Francis’ time in charge of the Catholic Church.

Gov. Susana Martinez traveled to Washington D.C. to see the Pope speak. She had previously traveled to Vatican City to see Pope Francis’ inaugural mass.

Rep. Ben Ray Luján, who appeared on CNN ahead of the address by the Pope, attended with his mother, Carmen Luján.

Rep. Michelle Lujan Grisham posted photos of a pre-dawn White House, the White House gardens, herself with Rep. John Larson, D-Ct., and, of course, a selfie.

After the address, Sen. Tom Udall tweeted that he was “honored to welcome Pope Francis to USA” and retweeted a video posted by the White House Twitter account.

Heinrich focused on the immigrant message from Francis.

Rep. Steve Pearce sent a more generic welcome to Pope Francis.

Santa Fe mayor Javier Gonzales tweeted that it was “hard to describe” the emotions he felt while seeing the Pope speak. He was also impressed by the choice of transportation by Pope Francis.

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