President Barack Obama walks with Pope Francis as the pope greets dignitaries upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland just outside of Washington Sept. 22 (CNS photo/Kevin Lamarque, Reuters).

Pope Francis Has Landed in the United States

Pope Francis landed at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington, D.C. today, setting foot on U.S. soil for the first time and beginning his six day visit to Washington, New York, and Philadelphia, during which he will speak to a joint session of Congress, address the United Nations, and celebrate the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families.

All of America‘s special coverage of the papal visit can be found at, which will be updated throughout the visit. Even before the events of the visit unfold, you can use the links at our dedicated site to explore some of the background on the places Pope Francis will visit and event he will participate in.

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