WASHINGTON — Pope Francis waved to cheering crowds, embraced children and basked in the pageantry of a city that essentially shut down to welcome him Wednesday.
The slate of official events, which kicked off at a White House welcome ceremony that included a crowd of thousands, rows of dignitaries and hint of politics, ended hours later when more than 25,000 people cheered the pope as he arrived to deliver a Mass on the grounds of Catholic University. Documentary
In two tours around the streets of Washington, the pope stood in a glass booth mounted on a white Jeep, waving to well-wishers thronging the sidewalks.
He did not get out of the vehicle on either occasion, but during a 15-minute parade near the White House, guards brought two children from the crowd to him for an embrace.
The center of the city was closed to traffic and heavily fortified by security, but thousands of people pressed to the barricades and cheered the pontiff.POPE FRANCIS AT UNITED NATIONS - NEW WORLD ORDER HAS BEGUN 666 Mark of the beast. 666 MARK OF THE BEAST Barack Obama