Pope Francis Receives Presidential Welcome

The first family greets the pontiff on his arrival for historic U.S. visit.
2:28 | 09/23/15

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Good evening tonight from Washington, D.C., where pope J.C. Monahan will report all week. Their places, and there he was. The man in white who has touched so many with his gift for simplicity. On a windy afternoon, he removed his zuchetta from his head, the president greeting him warmly. A moment of laughter as they walk past the honor guard. And then meeting the families and walking past the honor guard. And when it was time to go, a signature Francis moment with the president's limo dubbed "The beast" hulking nearby. The pope squeezed himself into that fiat and began his American journey. The grand presidential greeting here just hours after Francis's final moments in Cuba. A meeting with families. We're boarding the papal airplane now. Bound for the United States. Just 90 miles across the Florida straits, but a world away. On board, the cameras were lined up and we took off with a seatback screen view, leaving Cuba behind and then Francis came back to answer a few questions, declaring he would not mention the U.S. Embargo of Cuba in his address to congress, and taking on the conservative critique of him when he was asked about this "Newsweek" cover, is the pope catholic? "Some people think I'm a bit leftist," he said. "But this is an error. I am certain I have not said one thing that is not within the social doctrine of the church." Francis a man who knows exactly the kind of controversy he creates and so his mission here in America, he wants to push that Progressive agenda on inequality and climate change, while at the same time reassuring skeptics that it's all still part of the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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