The Pope’s White House Visit in 10 Images

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Pope Francis, President Obama, and First Lady Michelle Obama wave from a White House balcony.Photo: VINCENZO PINTO

Pope Francis kicked off a busy day in Washington with a visit to the White House this morning. “As the son of an immigrant family, I am happy to be a guest in this country, which was built by such families,” Francis told the assembled crowd of some 11,000 people before meeting privately with President Obama in the Oval Office. Here, His Holiness’s visit to the White House in ten images.

Before heading to the White House, the pope met with well-wishers outside the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican’s diplomatic mission in Washington:

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Photo: Cliff Owen/© Corbis. All Rights Reserved.

The pope arrived for the ceremony in a Fiat and was greeted by the president and the First Lady:

Even a visit from a pope who favors simple things requires a bit of pageantry:

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Photo: JIM WATSON

Michelle Obama shared this image of the morning’s program on Twitter:

Vice-President Joe Biden speaks with clergy prior to the pope’s arrival:

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Photo: VINCENZO PINTO

President Obama and Pope Francis shake hands:

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Photo: MANDEL NGAN

President Obama and Pope Francis stand for the national anthems of the Holy See and the United States:

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Photo: JIM WATSON

During his remarks, the pope told President Obama that he finds it “encouraging” that he’s targeting air pollution. “Climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to our future generation,” said Francis.

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Photo: MANDEL NGAN

Some members of the crowd of 11,000:

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Photo: VINCENZO PINTO

After the public portion of his visit, the pope met with President Obama in the Oval Office:

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Photo: MANDEL NGAN