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Quotation

After Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress in Washington on Sept. 24, he will be driven directly to a lunch with homeless, mentally ill and immigrant clients of Catholic Charities, which will be held under tents set up on a street. Instead of lunching with legislators in the halls of power, he will break bread with the poor.

— Excerpt from The New York Times’ latest preview of Pope Francis’ coming visit to America (Pope Francis’ visit to U.S. is his first ever, for several reasons)