United States Rep. Rosa DeLauro attended the inauguration of Pope Francis at the Vatican Tuesday.
Former Cardinal Jorge Mario Bargoglio, of Argentina, was installed as the 266th Pope of the Roman Catholic Church during an event in which thousands of people from around the world attended.
"I was honored to be a part of today's historic ceremony, which was a beautiful and moving occasion," DeLauro said in a statement. "I was personally inspired as Pope Francis, like his namesake Saint Francis of Assisi, expressed his commitment to renewing the Church's emphasis on helping the least fortunate in society. This is particularly important as people everywhere continue to struggle against worldwide hunger and poverty. This is a time of celebration and I join Catholics worldwide in welcoming His Holiness Pope Francis I to his new role as the leader of our Church."
DeLauro was at the Vatican for the papal inauguration as part of a congressional delegation representing the United States.
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