Pope Francis visits Washington D.C., New York and Philadelphia.
After a red carpet welcome by President Barack Obama at an air base near the capital, the 78-year-old Argentine headed off to Washington not in a limousine as is customary but in a modest Fiat.
School children cheered the pontiff as his Alitalia plane landed, chanting “We love Francis, yes we do. We love Francis, how about you?” Adults cheered, ‘Hey Hey ! Ho Ho! Welcome To The USA!’ The first day was filled with joy
President Obama and family and Vice President Joe Biden and the Biden family greeted the pope in an honor given to few foreign dignitaries.
His visit to New York was one of deep spiritual value as he prayed at Ground Zero, installed a saint and said mass at one of New York’s biggest arena’s Madison Square Garden.
In Philadelphia he embraced freedom of religion and the love of families. He spoke from Independence Hall and the Festival of Families and reminded everyone that society is dependent on families.