Brownback on Pope

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Kansas Senator Sam Brownback has met the new Pope Benedict the 16th, and calls him a ``godly and prayerful'' man. Brownback, a convert to Catholicism, issued a statement congratulating the new pope on his selection today as the successor to John Paul the Second.

The senator met the former Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger during a visit to the Vatican, and he says he'll be a wonderful spiritual leader and continuing voice for peace and compassion.