U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski, D-3rd, listens to residents Saturday at the American Legion's Robert E. Coulter Jr. Post 1941 in La Grange. | J. Geil ~ for Sun-Times Media
Updated: April 18, 2013 6:52AM
U.S. Rep. Dan Lipinski (D-3rd) is going to Vatican City next week to see the installation of Pope Francis.
Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio, of Buenos Aires, was elected last week as the new leader of the Catholic Church. He is set to be officially sworn in as pope during an inaugural mass Tuesday at St. Peter’s Square in Vatican City.
Lipinski said he will be going with five other Democrats and four Republicans to the service. A delegation featuring Vice President Joe Biden and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is set to meet with Francis at a separate date.
“There’s a lot of Catholics in the 3rd District, and I’m Catholic and it’s a great honor to go,” said Lipinski, who attended the installation of Pope Benedict XVI eight years ago.
Lipinski said he hoped the delegation could meet with Cardinal Francis George in Rome, as it did eight years ago.