Parade-watchers Seek Coveted Spots to See Pope

People hoping to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis during a late morning parade are lining up for a coveted spot along the route.

Published: 23rd September 2015 05:17 PM  |   Last Updated: 23rd September 2015 05:17 PM   |  A+A-


Pope Francis, left, greets children as he is escorted by President Barack Obama, center, and first lady Michelle Obama, right, after arriving at Andrews Air Force Base, Md. |AP


WASHINGTON (AP) — The latest developments in Pope Francis' visit to the United States. All times local:


7:05 a.m.

The morning light is just hitting the streets surrounding the National Mall in Washington, and already there's a buzz of pope-related activity.

People hoping to catch a glimpse of Pope Francis during a late morning parade are lining up for a coveted spot along the route.

Police and the Secret Service are enforcing road closures in the area and directing foot traffic.

The parade is the only nonticketed event during the pope's visit to the capital, and a big crowd is expected.


6:30 a.m.

As a head of state, Pope Francis officially is in the U.S. on what's known as a "state visit."

But the formal ceremony Wednesday morning on the White House South Lawn will be slightly different from most state arrival ceremonies.

For one thing, President Barack Obama and Francis will not review the troops, as presidents do with other visiting leaders. That's because the pontiff controls no armed forces.

Nor will Francis return to the White House in the evening as the guest at a lavish state dinner, one of the highlights of most state visits.

That's largely because of Francis' busy schedule.

The pontiff is spending the rest of the day with Roman Catholic bishops and other church officials and celebrating Mass at Catholic University.

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