Lawmakers had agreed not to reach out for handshakes from Pope Francis as he entered the House chamber, so it was a pointed and deliberate move when the Pope saved his only handshake for Secretary of State John Kerry.
The Pope knows Kerry from his recent work on the Iran deal, but this is also a profound shift for Kerry. Josh Lederman of the AP pointed out that Kerry was once denied communion over his support for choice for women.
.@JohnKerry, once denied communion over his support for abortion rights, gets a rare handshake from the pope as he enters House chamber
— Josh Lederman (@joshledermanAP) September 24, 2015
Lawmakers were urged to not use the Pope’s speech for partisan cheerleading, as it should be. But it shouldn’t go unnoticed that the Pope honored John Kerry for his historic work on the Iran deal — a deal Republicans have been trying to destroy since negotiations started.
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