As Congress members rushed to touch Pope Francis after Thursday’s historic address on the House floor, Rep. Bob Brady reportedly made a beeline for the podium to swipe the Holy Father’s discarded water glass.
The Pennsylvania congressman immediately took a sip out of the glass and brought it back to his office, ABC News reported.
“The congressman is a Catholic and has immense respect for the Holy Father,” Rep. Brady’s Chief of Staff Stan White told ABC.
His office confirmed that Mr. Brady drank from the water and shared it with members of his staff and his wife, Debra Brady.
Rep. Brady “was immensely moved by the speech. He thought the Holy Father spoke to issues he cared deeply about … especially caring about the poor and the Holy Father’s concern about our environment,” Mr. White told ABC.
The congressman kept the remainder of the water and plans to sprinkle it on his grandchildren, Mr. White said.