Rep. Paul Gosar vows to boycott #Pope’s speech over #climatechange

FILE - In this Aug. 22, 2013 file photo, Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz. is seen in Mesa, Ariz. Gosar says he is boycotting Pope Francis' speech to Congress next week because of the possibility the pope may discuss his support for policies to fight climate change. (AP Photo/Matt York, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A Republican lawmaker said he will boycott Pope Francis’ speech to Congress next week because of the possibility the pontiff will discuss his support for policies to fight climate change.

Three-term Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona said that as a Catholic, he initially was excited to learn of the pope’s visit to Washington and his address to Congress. But Gosar said he decided not to attend after he read media reports that the pope plans to devote much of the speech to advocating for what Gosar calls “flawed climate change policies.”

Source: News from The Associated Press

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