Pope Francis delivered a brief speech at the Rose Garden in the White House on his first morning in the U.S. along with President Obama and his family. The Vatican outlined every intention he has during his five-day visit for his first time to the United States. After the Rose Garden ceremony, El Papa and Obama met privately in the Oval Office. They have developed a very positive friendship since POTUS’ first visit to the Vatican last year.
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Crowds have been gathering since the early hours of Wednesday morning to ensure their spot along the route Pope Francis will travel in his upgraded “popemobile.” After meeting hundreds of his worshippers in the streets of our nation’s capital, Pope Francis is expected to hold a serious meeting between bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington.
Pope Francis met with @barackobama at the White House today after giving an address to a crowd of more than 10,000 gathered on the South Lawn. The pontiff then left the White House and started off in a procession from inside his “Pope-mobile” after he and President Obama spent some time alone in the Oval Office. People had been lining the streets of Washington, DC, hoping to catch a glimpse, since the very early hours of the morning. We will have live reports throughout the day on Eyewitness News at 11am, 4pm, 5pm & 6pm. Follow @abc7davidono for his perspective from our nation’s capital. Photo courtesy Twitter/Catholic Standard.
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For his last planned event of the day, Pope Francis will recognize Junípero Serra as a saint during a large Mass outside Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. His next stop will be New York City followed by Philadelphia.