U.S. Congressman Jim Costa said Obama and Congress have to follow Pope’s lead in acknowledgment of the Armenian Genocide.

“I applaud Pope Francis for his leadership in condemning the horrific genocide that took place more than a hundred years ago. The Holy See is the moral compass of the Catholic faith and it is from this high moral ground that His Holiness rightfully recognizes Armenia as the first nation to recognize Christianity and speaks to the moral challenges of our time.

The Pontiff’s visit to Armenia is further proof of his commitment to the Armenian people. I urge the President and Congress to follow the lead of Pope Francis and finally adopt a clear policy recognizing the Armenian Genocide,” he wrote on Facebook.