WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) today announced that Tim Marx, the President of Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis, will be her guest at Pope Francis’ address to a joint session of Congress next Thursday, September 24.

“From advocating for justice, to its work in addressing poverty and homelessness in our communities, Catholic Charities assists our neighbors in need – a spirit that defines us as Minnesotans,” said Klobuchar. “I’m proud that the president of Catholic Charities, Tim Marx, will be my guest when Pope Francis addresses Congress next week. I look forward to welcoming Tim to our nation’s capital and to hearing Pope Francis’s message of serving those most in need.”  

“I am honored to join our nation’s leaders at this historic event and thank Senator Klobuchar for the opportunity,” said Marx. “Pope Francis calls each of us—regardless of faith, background, or circumstance—to hear the cry of the poor: to provide homes for the homeless, to feed the hungry, to welcome the refugee, and to assure that our society and economy provide opportunity for everyone. I hope his message and his visit provide all of us a renewed commitment to these values.” 

Catholic Charities of St. Paul and Minneapolis strives to serve those most in need, acting as a leader in addressing poverty, creating opportunity, and advocating for justice in the community. The organization’s variety of programs for children, families, and adults annually help 35,000 people. These programs include assistance for those experiencing homelessness, children in need, new Americans, older adults, and the greater Minneapolis/St. Paul community.

In his role as the president of Catholic Charities, Marx works extensively with faith, civic, and public policy leaders, community partners, donors, and volunteers to advance the vision of a community where there is poverty for no one and opportunity for everyone. Prior to his current position, Marx served as City Attorney and Deputy Mayor of St. Paul, Housing Finance Agency Commissioner, and was involved in many nonprofit organizations including the Heading Home Minnesota Leadership Council, United Way, and the National Alliance to End Homelessness.

Senator Klobuchar has been a proponent of advocating for justice and supporting programs that will help those in need, including sponsoring legislation to help combat homelessness among American’s veterans, ensuring victims of sex trafficking receive the support they need, and helping lead efforts to urge the administration to accept more refugees from war-torn countries.

Pope Francis will deliver his address to a joint session of Congress on Thursday, September 24, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. EST/9:00 a.m. CST.