Or is it “an” historic visit? Here’s one answer to that grammar question.
The visit is, of course, the Pope’s visit to Washington. The news has been saturated with coverage over the past several days. Why is it such a big deal? It’s the first time for this pope to visit the US, and only the fourth papal visit in history. It’s the first time for a pope to give a speech in Congress, and this particular pope is known for his outspoken opinions.
Here are a few more articles, videos and other things to help you learn more about Pope Francis’ visit. He’ll be there until Sunday.
- One video and the transcript of his speech at the White House
- The complete video (50+ minutes, including his entrance, lots of applause and hand-shaking) and the transcript of his speech to Congress
- Summary and a little analysis: “Pope Francis implores Congress to accept immigrants as their own” (from the Washington Post)
- Summary and some analysis from the UK media: “Pope Francis electrifies Congress with speech laying out bold vision for US” (from the Guardian
- Analysis: “The 10 Most Important Lines From Pope Francis’ Historic Speech to Congress” (from Mother Jones)
- Analysis: “Did Pope Francis Soften His Climate Message for Congress?” (from Mother Jones)
- Analysis: “Pope Congress Speech Sparks Partisan Reactions, Underscoring Liberal-Conservative Divide In Opinions Toward Catholic Leader” (from International Business Times)
- The Japan Times includes George Will’s (conservative US commentator) opinion: “Pope Francis remains flamboyantly fact-free”
- What the Pope drives: “Pope Francis and His Little Fiat” (from the New Yorker)
- The itinerary of his trip … not much time for sightseeing, is there?