- Associated Press - Tuesday, September 22, 2015

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Oklahoma U.S. Sen. James Lankford says he’s invited Archbishop Paul Coakley to be his guest this week as Pope Francis addresses a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

Francis is set to become the first pope to speak before Congress. The speech Thursday is scheduled to begin at 9 a.m.

Coakley was appointed by Pope Benedict XVI in 2010 as the fourth archbishop of the Archdiocese of Oklahoma.

Lankford says Pope Francis’ speech will be a historic event not just for Catholics but all Americans. He says he’s thankful that the archbishop can join him for the address.

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