September 24, 2015
By Kristi Anderson
Before dawn on Sept. 24, spectators gathered at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., where Pope Francis spoke to a crowd of tens of thousands who were both inside and outside the Special Joint Session of the U.S. Congress.
College of St. Benedict president Mary Hinton, who was invited by U.S. Rep. Tom Emmer (R-Minn), knew it was going to be special, she said.
Hinton, who watched on a big screen from the West Lawn, noted three things in his address that particularly caught her attention. First, she said, was his delivery of the message. “His speech was so pastoral. He spoke with such spirit. But at the same time, he educated us and brought our past to the present. The totality of his message was wonderful.”