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Reverend Patrick Conroy stepping down as House Chaplain

Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Reverend Patrick J. Conroy, Chaplain of the U.S. House of Representatives. Photo: Bill Clark / CQ Roll Call

Rev. Patrick J. Conroy, a Jesuit priest and the 60th Chaplain of the House of Representatives, is stepping down after 7 years in the position, House Speaker Paul Ryan's office announced Monday night. Ryan will consult with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi to choose Conroy's successor.

“As chaplain, Father Conroy has been a great source of strength and support to our community. He is deeply admired by members and staff. Father Conroy’s ministry here has made a difference, and we are all very grateful to him.”
— Statement from Speaker Ryan's press office
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Trump's next guest: Merkel follows Macron

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel will arrive in Washington tomorrow a diminished figure — limping into her fourth term after six months of torturous coalition talks and touching down in the afterglow of Emmanuel Macron’s state visit.

Flashback: Days after Trump’s election in November 2016, Barack Obama flew to Germany and hailed Merkel — then TIME’s reigning Person of the Year — as “my closest international partner these last eight years.” Headlines declared that she had, however reluctantly, become the "leader of the free world."