Pope Francis and President Barack Obama wave to onlookers before heading into a meeting in the Oval Office, Sept. 23, 2015.
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after a welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House, Sept. 23, 2015.
Crowds gather to watch the White House reception of Pope Francis, Sept. 23, 2015. (Richard Green/VOA)
According to White House estimates, there were about 11,000 guests on the South Lawn for the ceremony welcoming Pope Francis, Sept. 23, 2015. (Aru Pande/VOA)