Tony Cardenas

After speech, pope stops to bless a staffer's baby

WASHINGTON Pope Francis was on a tight schedule during his Capitol Hill visit Thursday, his coordinates obsessively orchestrated and timed to a T.

But after his speech to a joint meeting of Congress, en route from Statuary Hall to the Speaker's Balcony to address the masses on the West Lawn, he paused for an important bit of business.

On Thursday morning, Francis blessed the 14-day-old baby girl of Kristene Blake, Speaker John A. Boehner's director of scheduling, and Nate Blake, who works for the House Rules Committee.

Eloisa Rosario Blake Ella for short was born on Sept. 10, a spokeswoman for the speaker's office confirmed to CQ Roll Call.