September 25, 2015 at 11:56 AM EDT

Stephen Colbert couldn’t hide his excitement on Thursday night’s episode of The Late Show. From his flashy pope-themed opening (“popening”) to his cardboard welcoming sign that read “Welcome Frank!”, the host dedicated his entire show to Pope Francis’ arrival in the U.S.

The pope’s first stop on Thursday was Washington, D.C., where he spoke to Congress, though his speech seemed to unite them prematurely.

“Let us remember the golden rule: do unto others,” the pope said, but was interrupted by applause from congress before he could finish.

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“Do unto others, yeah! I’m sure that’s the end of the saying … that’s something Congress can live by,” Colbert joked.

Colbert then addressed the pope’s decision to have lunch with the homeless rather than with the leaders of Congress after his speech. “… Possibly because he wanted to eat with people who were less likely to beg him for donations,” Colbert said.

Watch the clip above to see more of Colbert’s pope-themed show, including his “pope chair.”

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