WASHINGTON – Dave Dennis of Pass Christian welcomed the invitation from Republican
Sen. Roger Wicker to watch from inside the U.S. Capitol when Pope Francis addresses Congress next week.
“For a Catholic boy, it’s a very enticing request and my answer was absolutely yes,” said Dennis, 60. “It’s just not a frequent occurrence. The opportunity to go sit in the joint session in the gallery is quite an honor.”
Dennis is among the few Mississippians to receive a coveted ticket to sit inside the House of
Representatives chamber when the pope addresses lawmakers Sept. 24.
Mississippi lawmakers are giving tickets to constituents, mostly on a first-come, first served basis, to witness the pope’s historic visit. Most tickets are for standing-room space on the Capitol’s West Lawn, where the pope’s speech will be shown on Jumbotrons.