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Congressman John Yarmuth reacts to Pope Francis address

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- History was made this morning as Pope Francis addressed a joint session of Congress.

The Pope did not shy away from hot button issues, and WDRB's Lawrence Smith has just gotten reaction from Louisville congressman John Yarmuth.

This was the first time a Pope has ever addressed a joint session. From climate change to immigration, from abortion to the death penalty, there was plenty to both delight and infuriate both sides of the aisle.

Congressman Yarmuth noted that Pope Francis called for cooperation and working for the common good. 

"I thought it was fascinating that he constantly used the words 'we' and 'our' in the speech," Yarmuth said. "I think what he was trying to do was to talk about moral values and principles and -- by inference -- some political issues, in the context of a common obligation, and a common instinct for what is good."

Congressman Ed Whitfield a Republican from western Kentucky just issued a statement, which says in part, "Whether it be the Pope's visit with the homeless, young children, or stopping his motorcade to bless the ill and unfortunate, this Pope has exemplified the true heart of Christ."  

Other members of Congress will be reacting to Pope Francis all day.

Stay with WDRB News. We'll update this story as it develops.

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