Indiana delegation reacts to Pope Francis

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In this Saturday, Sept. 19, 2015 photo, Pope Francis boards his flight to La Habana, Cuba, where he will start a 10-day trip including the United States, at Rome's Fiumicino international airport. No handshakes, selfies or fist bumps when Pope Francis enters the House chamber for his historic speech to Congress on Thursday. That’s the message from House and Senate leaders. (AP Photo/Riccardo De Luca)

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — Members of the Indiana delegation praised the speech given by Pope Francis to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

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Francis addressed serious issues but he did it without scolding or making demands.

Instead, he tried to encourage members of Congress to get along with each other and make the world a better place.

He touched on issues including the death penalty, climate change and gay marriage without sparking outright criticism.

“It was a moment of a lifetime for me as a practicing Catholic,” said Rep. Susan Brooks. “I’ve been a Catholic my entire life and so, (it) made me really contemplate my family and our faith and also really just what my role is in Congress and all of us who serve here, what our role is in the world.”

Senator Joe Donnelly called the Pope’s remarks important and inspiring.

Senator Coats said that he worries that the Pope’s message won’t have a lasting effect. He said partisan pressures often force lawmakers to ignore advice like the Pope’s.

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