The following is an excerpt from MEGHAN KENEALLY | September 22, 2015 | abcnews.go.com |
Pope Francis has touched down on American soil, marking the start of his historic visit to the United States.
The head of the Catholic church arrived at Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, just outside of Washington, D.C.
He is slated to be greeted by President Obama, the first family and Vice President Joe Biden, which is a welcome even more special than many heads of state receive when they travel to the U.S.
Pope Francis was escorted to the plane in Santiago by Raul Castro along with an honor guard and military band carrying the Cuban and Vatican flags.
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