UPDATE: Wednesday, September 23 – 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) – More than 2,000 men and women who are studying to become Roman Catholic priests and nuns are gathered inside the nation’s largest Catholic church.
The pope is there to celebrate a Mass outside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where he will elevate an 18th-century Franciscan friar to sainthood. The canonization Mass is the first in the United States.
The seminarians and novices are from around the U.S. and were invited to attend the Mass.
Thirty-one-year-old Patrick Finn of Bath, Maine, is studying for the priesthood at St. John’s Seminary in Boston. He says, “It’s pretty amazing, just getting a chance to be with the Holy Father. He’s such a people person and an amazing representative of the church.”
UPDATE: Monday, September 22 – 2 p.m.
WASHINGTON (AP) – Pope Francis has been greeted warmly and officially to the United States.
Crowds at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland cheered as the pope’s plane touched down. Francis emerged to thunderous cheers, taking off his white cap as he descended the stairs
Later, Francis emerged from the airport terminal along with President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama. The president waved to the crowds as he accompanied his wife and daughters to the red carpet at the front of the plane.
Francis left the base in a Fiat subcompact instead of a limousine. He promptly rolled the windows down, allowing him to look out and smile at the watching crowds.
Outside the terminal, many in the crowd cheered a jubilant, “Ho, Ho, Hey, Hey, Welcome to the USA.”
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