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2015 Papal Visit

2015 Papal Visit

Pope Francis' First U.S. Visit, Sept. 22-27

Pope Francis' Top Moments in Washington



    D.C. fell in love with Pope Francis during his busy 48 hours in the nation's capital. The pontiff flashed a sunny smile, distributed handshakes and hugs to his admirers, bopped around town in a tiny Fiat and spoke truth to Congress.  

    There were a few particular moments where you could feel even the coldest Beltway hearts warming to the People's Pope. Here are some of our favorite #PopeInDC moments:

    Spirit Fingers? Pope's Double Wave

    With Spirit Fingers, Pope Francis Waves to CrowdWith Spirit Fingers, Pope Francis Waves to Crowd

    Pope Francis waves to the crowd on a trip to Washington, D.C.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015)

    Who can resist a world leader with a smile like this -- and an enthusiastic, jazz-hands-ish wave? Read more >>

    Boehner's Waterworks

    Speaker Boehner Brought to Tears By PopeSpeaker Boehner Brought to Tears By Pope

    Pope Francis brought Speaker John Boehner and other lawmakers to tears when he spoke to Congress, a historic address, on Sept. 24, 2015.
    (Published Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015)

    We all know it doesn't take much to make the Speaker cry. But these tears have extra resonance when you consider that Boehner, a former altar boy, has worked for years to get a Pope to visit the Capitol. Watch his speech to Congress >>

    Feeding the Poor and Hungry

    Pope Francis speaks at St. Patrick in the City church, in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015.
    Photo credit: AP

    This is why we love this Pope. He spoke to Congress -- then wheeled right over to St. Patrick in the City to speak to Catholic Charities and spend some quality time with its clients -- people who are poor, homeless, vicitims of domestic violence and survivors of all of the above. He waded right into the crowd, same sweet smile on his face. Read more >>

    And He Likes Dogs

    Pope Francis meets the Obamas' dogs, Bo and Sunny, in the Blue Room of the White House on his visit Sept. 23, 2015.
    Photo credit: Pete Souza

    "Yes this happened" was the only appropriate caption for official White House photographer Pete Souza's photo of Francis petting Bo and Sunny Obama posted Wednesday afternoon, which – surprise, surprise – immediately went viral.

    Love Letter
    Little Girl Hugs Pope, Gives Him T-ShirtLittle Girl Hugs Pope, Gives Him T-Shirt

    Sofi Cruz gave Pope Francis a t-shirt and letter she wrote for him during his parade in Washington, D.C.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015)

    Watch as a little girl -- the daughter of immigrants -- delivers the pope a T-shirt and a heart-warming, hand-drawn card that said, "My friends and I love each other regardless of the color of our skin." Read more >>

    'Gotta Go'

    Pope Francis taps his watch to indicated that he doesn't have time to hug each and every bishop at St. Matthew's Cathedral.
    Photo credit: Jessica Glazer/WRC

    Even the pope has to duck out of meetings! (Only his are with hundreds of bishops.) He ran out of time while greeting clergymen at a prayer service at a Washington cathedral. Read more >>

    Francis' Fiat
    Pope Francis Drives into DC in a Fiat Pope Francis Drives into DC in a Fiat

    Pope Francis was picked up in a black Fiat at his arrival in DC.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015)

    His Holiness didn't drive through Washington in a black SUV. Instead, he took a Fiat 500, an Italian car that looks as much like a golf cart as a limousine. Read more >>

    Theological Tailgating

    Nuns tailgating at The Catholic University of America ahead of Pope Francis' Mass.
    Photo credit: Luke Russert

    These nuns kept their cool while waiting for the pope to celebrate Mass and canonize a new saint. Read more >>

    Stealing a Selfie

    Enija Davidonyte posted the photo to Facebook with the following caption: "I feel absolutely blessed! I met with a Pope Francis today and actually got to take a picture and meet him."
    Photo credit: Left: AP, Right: Enija Davidonyte

    He may be the embodiment of the Holy Spirit, but Pope Francis is down with snapping a picture guaranteed to get a bunch of "likes" on Facebook. Read more >>

    Blessings for a Baby 
    Pope Francis Blesses a Small BabyPope Francis Blesses a Small Baby

    A papal guard carried a small baby to Pope Francis, who was riding in his popemobile, so that the pontiff could kiss the baby.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015)

    The faithful left overjoyed after Francis' parade around Washington, D.C.'s Ellipse, but likely none moreso than the parents of a baby that was carried to the popemobile for a blessing. Read more >>

    Choir Canon?
    Choir Sings for Pope Francis and President ObamaChoir Sings for Pope Francis and President Obama

    The St. Augustine Catholic Church Choir sings 'Total Praise' during Pope Francis' visit to the White House, Sept. 23, 2015.
    (Published Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015)

    What song do you play to entertain the pope on his first time at the White House? How about a rousing choral number that proclaims, "You are the strength of my life"? Read more >>