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Hottest ticket in Washington? It's for the Pope's speech to Congress

WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter Welch's sister, Maureen, had better intelligence than the five-term Vermont congressman about Pope Francis' upcoming trip to the United States and his historic address to Congress. "She called before the announcement and said, 'The pope is coming, can I have your ticket?' " recalled the Democratic lawmaker. He eagerly said yes to Maureen — Sister Maureen, an Ursuline nun who has been a member of the order for 50 years. While Welch's decision was somewhat easy, other lawmakers are struggling with an extraordinary demand — from spouses, family, friends, constituents — for the one ticket they get for guests to...