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Obama Hosts Pope Francis at White House

President Barack Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House Wednesday with an official arrival ceremony on the South Lawn and an estimated 15,000 people in attendance.
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Pope Francis and President Barack Obama wave to onlookers before heading into a meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 23, 2015.
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Pope Francis and President Barack Obama wave to onlookers before heading into a meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 23, 2015.

President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after a welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 23, 2015.
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President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after a welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 23, 2015.

Crowds gather to watch the White House reception of Pope Francis, Sept. 23, 2015. (Richard Green/VOA)
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Crowds gather to watch the White House reception of Pope Francis, Sept. 23, 2015. (Richard Green/VOA)

According to White House estimates, there were about 11,000 guests on the South Lawn for the ceremony welcoming Pope Francis, Sept. 23, 2015. (Aru Pande/VOA)
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According to White House estimates, there were about 11,000 guests on the South Lawn for the ceremony welcoming Pope Francis, Sept. 23, 2015. (Aru Pande/VOA)

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