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History : Pope Francis visits the United States and the White House #POTUSandPope

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after this welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

(AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

[Dallas, TX – September 23rd]

Today marked history for the United States. Pope Francis Arrived in the United States today and Washington was the first stop on the pope’s six-day, three-city visit to the United States.

Pope Franis walked up to the podium and began speaking in a soft voice and halting English, Francis delivered a strong message

It was a message sure to delight the Obama White House, and liberals in general. Just before the pope arrived, Obama had tweeted to the Holy Father: “Welcome to the White House, @Pontifex! Your messages of love, hope, and peace have inspired us all.

Obama, joking that his backyard is not typically so crowded, told the pope that the excitement surrounding his visit was a reflection of Francis’ unique qualities, mentioning “your humility, your embrace of simplicity, the gentleness of your words and the generosity of your spirit.

After opening remarks on the lawn, the two leaders headed inside to the Oval Office for a one-on-one meeting where each hoped to find common cause with the other on issues they hold dear.

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