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PowerPoint Show by Andrew

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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.   

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Spectators wait as early as 5am along the parade route of pope Francis, south of the White House, September 23, 2015 in Washington, DC. 

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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. 

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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. 

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People position themselves along a cleared Constitution Avenue along the parade route near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23.

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People gather early ahead of a papal parade featuring Pope Francis in Washington September 23, 2015.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Vice President Joe Biden and his wife Jill, who both greeted the pope when he landed on Tuesday, await his arrival on Wednesday morning.

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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.

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Pope Francis takes a photo with children, whose parents work at the Lithuanian Embassy, outside the Apostolic Nunciature.

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A Secret Service Agent looks on as Pope Francis departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington.

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People wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on September 23, 2015.

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Michelle Obama was dressed in demure black lace, and the president in a simple black suit, to meet the Roman Catholic leader.

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The Obamas greeted the pope at the White House.

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The pair stood before around 15,000 people on the South Lawn to hear the national anthems before each gives a speech.

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Obama, pictured listening to the national anthem with the pope, opened his speech celebrating America's 70 million Catholics.

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As the American anthem played, the president placed a hand on his heart as the pontiff bowed his head.

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Obama offers the pontiff a seat before giving his much- anticipated speech to welcome him to America.

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The president drew comparisons between himself and the pope, saying how he had worked in impoverished neighborhoods in Chicago.

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'All Americans, from every background and of every faith, value the role the Catholic Church plays in strengthening America,' Obama said.

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'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.

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'Mr President, I find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution,' Pope Francis said.

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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.

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The pope receives a personal tour of the Oval Office from President Obama after giving a speech to thousands.

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Inside the Oval Office: The pope and Obama had plenty to discuss in their meeting at the White House after laying out their agendas.

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The leaders laugh as they pose for photographs before having their official meeting about environment and social justice.

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The president, First Lady, and pope wave to the crowds after their speeches before mass at St Matthew's Cathedral.

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