U.S. lawmakers urged to take ''hands off'' approach with Pope Francis when he addresses a special joint meeting of the Senate and House of Representatives in Washington. Deborah Gembara reports.
In Washington, where pressing the flesh is just part of doing business, lawmakers have been given strict guidelines regarding the Pope's upcoming visit -- to keep their hands to themselves. Party leaders sent lawmakers the protocol advisory on Friday ---- no handshakes or long conversations with the pontiff -before his speech to congress. While no specific mention was made prohibiting them from kissing the pope's ring, they've been reminded that Pope Francis is on a very tight schedule. On Thursday, Pope Francis will enter the House chamber through the same door the president Barack Obama uses for his State of the Union address, wading through a sea of lawmakers to reach the podium. This visit is the Pope's first to the U.S. since become head of the Roman Catholic Church.