- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

NASHUA, N.H. (AP) - A priest from Nashua will join U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte at the White House to officially welcome Pope Francis to the United States.

Ayotte invited her priest, the Rev. Richard Kelley of St. Christopher Catholic Church, to be her guest during the pope’s visit to Washington this week. Ayotte and Kelley will attend the welcoming ceremony on Wednesday and the pope’s address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday.

Ayotte also is serving as a member of the honorary escort committee that will accompany the pope into the House chamber before his address to Congress.

In addition to his serving as pastor at St. Christopher, Kelley is a chaplain at Thomas More College in Merrimack and chaplain to the Nashua Police Department.

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