UPDATED WITH NAMES OF HOUSE DELEGATION HEADED TO ROME
WASHINGTON-Vice President Joe Biden will lead the U.S. presidential delegation to Rome for the Inaugural mass for Pope Francis next Tuesday.
Others in the Biden delegation to honor the world's first Hispanic pope--with Italian roots-- include New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez; House Democratic Leader Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Georgetown University President John J. DeGioia.
House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said the House delegation to the Vatican: Reps. Rosa DeLauro (D-CT), Sean Duffy (R-WI), Anna Eshoo (D-CA), Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE), Ruben Hinojosa (D-TX), Jim Langevin (D-RI), Daniel Lipinski (D-IL), and Loretta Sanchez (D-CA) and Father Patrick Conroy, S.J., the chaplain of the House of Representatives.
President Barack Obama had asked Boehner to be part of the presidential delegation and he declined.