Associated Press photo by GREGORIO BORGIA Pope Francis gives a speech in the Synod hall on the occasion of the closing ceremony of the IV Scholas Occurrentes World Educational Congress on Thursday at the Vatican. House Speaker John Boehner, of Ohio, said Thursday, that the pope will address Congress Sept. 24, becoming the first pontiff to do so.

WASHINGTON (AP) — Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24. He’ll be the first Pontiff to do so.

House Speaker John Boehner made the announcement at a news conference, then issued a statement expressing gratitude that the pope had accepted his invitation to appear before a joint meeting of the House and Senate.

The pope is scheduled to make his first papal visit to the United States this fall, with other stops in New York and Philadelphia.