White House officials prepare for Pope Francis visit

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.


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