Boehner recounts 'emotional' holy hug with pope

US Speaker of the House John Boehner greets Pope Francis in the US Capitol as the Pope arrives to deliver his speech to a joint meeting of Congress on September 24, 2015John Boehner has enjoyed highs and lows during his quarter-century in Congress, but an intimate moment with Pope Francis — one day before the Republican resigned as US House speaker — may be the one he treasures the most. Boehner is Catholic, the son of a tavern owner, and no one was more proud — and perhaps more teary-eyed — than the speaker himself as the pontiff made his historic visit to Congress Thursday, a dream Boehner described as 20 years in the making. The pope’s Capitol Hill stop received wall-to-wall television coverage, and Boehner featured prominently — seen over the pope’s shoulder as he addressed Congress, and at his side as Francis spoke to thousands on the west side of the Capitol building.

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