WASHINGTON D.C. - White House officials say they're preparing to give Pope Francis a grand welcome to the United States.

The pope is scheduled to arrive in Washington, D.C. on Sept. 22, his first ever visit to America.

Officials say Pope Francis will get a plane-side greeting from President Obama.

They say the two will meet privately in the Oval Office and Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress.

Officials say the pope will then visit New York and Philadelphia before returning to the Vatican.