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Georgetown Nun Invited to Congressional Meeting With Pope

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Sister Rosa Alvarez, hugging a Georgetown Child at La Esperanza (Photo: WBOC) Sister Rosa Alvarez, hugging a Georgetown Child at La Esperanza (Photo: WBOC)

GEORGETOWN, Del.- Over the next couple days, thousands of people will be flocking to the nation's capital, to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis, and millions more will be watching on television. But for Sister Rosa Alvarez, she will not have to fight through a large crowd, nor will she have to sit in front of the TV.

That's because the 86-year old nun and co-founder of La Esperanza in Georgetown, will be center-stage to see the pope speak at a joint meeting of Congress. Alvarez was invited to attend the meeting by U.S. Sen. Tom Carper. 

"It's something that you cannot express with words," Alvarez said. "It's something very special." 

Much like the pope, Alvarez has spent most of her life helping others. Alvarez helped to start La Esperanza in 1995, and in the time since has focused her efforts on helping those in the most need. Over the last year, Carper said that she had helped hundreds of minors and mothers from other countries to get settled.

"Like the pope," said Carper. "She has devoted her life to serving others. Especially the 'least of these.'"

Carper also called Alvarez "selfless" and said that it was an "honor" to invite her to Washington.

Alvarez said that Pope Francis was especially significant for the Hispanic community.

"He knows very well the problems of Latin America and the poor," she said. "And he - in Argentina - he was committed... He saw the reality of the poor there." 

Alvarez, who is originally from Spain, has helped thousands of children and mothers, and said she likes to think of them as her children and grandchildren.

"I have more than 5,000 children," she said with a laugh.

Alvarez will be leaving on a train from Wilmington to Washington, D.C. on Thursday morning. 

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