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Pope Francis and President Barack Obama applaud during the arrival ceremony at the White House on September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. More than 11,000 people gathered in the South Lawn during the ceremonial welcome. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
Pope Francis and President Barack Obama applaud during the arrival ceremony at the White House on September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. More than 11,000 people gathered in the South Lawn during the ceremonial welcome. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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Pope Francis’ first ever visit to the United States is, of course, unlike most people’s first visits. He was greeted by President Obama as well as more than 11,000 spectators on the South Lawn of the White House Wednesday morning.

NPR White House correspondent Scott Horsley attended the welcome ceremony and joins Here & Now’s Robin Young to talk about the political and historical context of the pope’s visit.

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This segment aired on September 23, 2015.

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