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Cheri Bustos

Preparation, speculation mounts for pope visit

WASHINGTON With Pope Francis set to give a historic address to Congress in two weeks, preparations and speculations about his visit are mounting, with some cautioning that, while he is addressing politicians, his visit is not political.

"I think the people who try and politicize the visit are going to be disappointed," John Carr, director of Georgetown University's Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life, said at a briefing Thursday. "Its power is that it is not political, it is pastoral. And that he will challenge us in, not bringing a legislative agenda, but bringing a moral framework. And frankly we need that in this polarized society, in this...