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Earlier this morning, Pope Francis, 78, spoke to a crowd of 15,000 gathered on the White House South Lawn before meeting privately with President Barack Obama in the Oval Office. Later in the day, the pope will canonize a new saint in a special mass at Catholic University - the first time a Catholic saint has been canonized on U.S. soil. Washington, DC is the first stop on the pope's six-day, three-city tour of America. After DC, the pope will head to New York City and Philadelphia.
Spectators wait as early as 5am along the parade route of pope Francis, south of the White House, September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.
Spectators were gathered as early as 5am along the parade route south of the White House on Wednesday to catch a glimpse of the pope.
Nuns stand in line for a security check near the White House to get a glimpse of Pope Francis during a parade on the streets around the Ellipse, south of the White House, September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC.
People position themselves along a cleared Constitution Avenue along the parade route near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23.
People gather early ahead of a papal parade featuring Pope Francis in Washington September 23, 2015.
A man holds up a Papal flag as he waits for Pope Francis departure from the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Wednesday, September 23, 2015.
Spectators hoping for a glimpse of Pope Francis wave Papal and U.S. Flags before the official state arrival ceremony where President Barack Obama will welcome the pope.
US Secretary of State John Kerry walks with Ethel Kennedy before Obama addresses the crowds. Ethel Kennedy's brother-in-law John F Kennedy was the first Catholic president of the United States.
US Secretary of State John Kerry (right, in stripes) greets clergy as US Vice President Joe Biden (right) looks on before the arrival of Pope.
Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, who both greeted the pope when he landed on Tuesday, await his arrival on Wednesday morning.
Before departing The Apostolic Nunciature for the White House, Well-wishers reach out to touch Francis' hand. The number of people given clearance to get near the pontiff is merely a fraction of those who applied.
Pope Francis takes a photo with children, whose parents work at the Lithuanian Embassy, outside the Apostolic Nunciature.
A Secret Service Agent looks on as Pope Francis departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington.
People wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on September 23, 2015.
Michelle Obama was dressed in demure black lace, and the president in a simple black suit, to meet the Roman Catholic leader.
The Obamas greeted the pope at the White House.
The pair stood before around 15,000 people on the South Lawn to hear the national anthems before each gives a speech.
Obama, pictured listening to the national anthem with the pope, opened his speech celebrating America's 70 million Catholics.
As the American anthem played, the president placed a hand on his heart as the pontiff bowed his head.
Obama offers the pontiff a seat before giving his much- anticipated speech to welcome him to America.
The president drew comparisons between himself and the pope, saying how he had worked in impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago.
'All Americans, from every background and of every faith, value the role the Catholic Church plays in strengthening America,' Obama said.
'In your humility, your embrace of simplicity, the gentleness of your words and the generosity of your spirit, we see a living example of Jesus’ teachings, a leader whose moral authority comes not just through words but also through deeds,' Obama told the pope.
'Mr President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution,' Pope Francis said.
The Pope stated that he will celebrate the institute of marriage on his trip. Though Francis has been hailed for progressive statements on homosexuality, he maintains children should have a mother and a father.
The pope receives a personal tour of the Oval Office from President Obama after giving a speech to thousands.
Inside the Oval Office: The pope and Obama had plenty to discuss in their meeting at the White House after laying out their agendas.
The leaders laugh as they pose for photographs before having their official meeting about environment and social justice.
The president, First Lady, and pope wave to the crowds after their speeches before mass at St Matthew's Cathedral.