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Congresswoman Clark and 12-year-old Dylan Lopez from Waltham heard the pope's speech to congress this morning. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
Congresswoman Clark and 12-year-old Dylan Lopez from Waltham heard the pope's speech to congress this morning. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
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Members of Congress gathered Thursday to listen as Pope Francis addressed a joint meeting.

Approximately 50,000 people watched his speech from the area around the Capitol grounds, and one lucky 7th grader from Waltham got to hear the Pope's words in person — Dylan Lopez was present as Rep. Katherine Clark's guest.

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Katherine Clark, Mass. representative for the 5th district. She tweets @RepKClark.

Dylan Lopez, 7th grader at McDevitt Middle School in Waltham. He won Rep. Clark's essay competition to see the Pope speak to Congress.

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  • "Pope Francis is urging Congress members — and the United States as a whole — not to be afraid of immigrants but to welcome them as fellow human beings."

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  • "Clark held an essay contest to select her guest. Her office received 30 submissions from teachers, activists, and even the homeless. But it was 500 words written by a 12-year-old boy, whose parents are from the pontiff’s native Argentina and who, like Francis, believes in helping the poor and empowering immigrants, that won."

This segment aired on September 24, 2015.

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