After a warm White House welcome, Pope Francis joins U.S. President Barack Obama and the first lady in a wave from the South Lawn balcony on his first full day in the U.S. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: Following a welcome ceremony with great pomp and circumstance at the South Lawn of the White House on Wednesday (September 23), U.S. President Barack Obama and Pope Francis waved to the masses from the White House balcony. Francis and Obama were then set to hold private talks at the White House before the pontiff parades through streets of Washington on the first full day of his first visit to the United States. It is his first ever visit to the United States. From his visit to the White House, Pope Francis will will continue on to a Papal Parade along the National Mall and the Ellipse where thousands of pilgrims have been waiting for hours to wave to the Holy Father. The 78-year-old Argentine pope closes out his day with a Mass at the one of the most important Roman Catholic churches in the United States, the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. There, he will canonize 18th century Spanish missionary Friar Junipero Serra over the objections of critics who say that Serra suppressed Native American cultures in what is now California.