WASHINGTON D.C. (KRON) – President Obama along with a crowd of thousands welcomed Pope Francis Wednesday morning
during an official welcome ceremony in front of the White House.
Washington D.C. is the first stop of the Pope’s six-day tour of the U.S. This historic trip is the first time Pope Francis has ever stepped on U.S. soil.
Pope Francis spoke English to the crowds in front of the White House addressing climate change and praising Obama’s focus on the environment.
The Pope continued his tour with a parade through the nation’s capital before meeting privately with President Obama in the Oval Office.
Pope Francis is then headed to St. Matthew’s Cathedral where approximately 300 U.S. bishops have assembled for this morning’s prayer service and another 25,000 people are expected to attend.
Later this week the Pope will visit New York where he will attend the United Nations General Assembly meeting as well as a multi-religious services at the 9/11 memorial and museum at the World Trade Center.
He then will make his way to Philadelphia Saturday and Sunday, where he will hold mass and attend the World Meeting of Families.