Transcript for Safeguarding the Pope's Precious Time
were invited inside the vat cab that he was ready for the trip to the United States, asking Americans to pray for him. Well, tonight, of course, the frenzy, the preparations and the security. And right here in Washington, lawmakers warned, no fist pumps, no handshakes during that historic joint meeting of congress. ABC's Cecilia Vega with us tonight. It would seem they are trying to avoid that scene when the president enters for the state of the union. Reporter: That's exactly what they are trying to do. I was down there on capitol hill today. They are ready all over the city, the excitement is building here. David, as you know, the largest catholic church in the country. They are expecting pope Francis tomorrow. The crowd will be so large, it's enough people to fill a basketball stadium. This will be the pope's view from capitol hill. The behind the scenes look released today. But inside those halls of congress, that warning. Everyone on their best behavior. Tonight, walk's papal welcome mat rolled out and ready to go. From the jumbotrons to the barricades. It is choir practice here right now. Tomorrow, when pope Francis says mass here, there will be so many people, in order to accommodate everyone, they will have 140 communion stations. Crowds on this trip, ranging from large to enormous. 15,000 people at the white house. 80,000 watching the pope ride through New York's central park. Up to 1 million people for Sunday mass in Philadelphia. The largest event of the pope's visit. Now, all three cities bracing for their moment. In philly, 25 miles of streets and highways closed. New York will shut down more streets than ever before. A short time ago here. His first visit to the united States. Holy father touchdown in Maryland. Our team there, every step of moment greeting the president, the first lady, the first daughters, right there, to O. Driving off not in a limo, but in a modest compact car to cheers Francis, yes we ."Do hope fr the pope has sparked new conversation and debate. ABC's terry Moran was on that plane when the pope was asked about the new cover of "Newsweek," which asks, is the pope catholic? The pope had an answer, and terry begin teaurcovem ge.ra Reporter: As the papal plane touched down in the U.S., the crowd here started up a very American cheer. Hey hey, welcome to the usa! Reporter: They rolled out the red carpet. The Obamas and the Bidens took challenge.
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