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Obama, wife to greet Pope Francis on tarmac upon pontiff's arrival in Washington

AP

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will lead the welcoming committee for Pope Francis when he arrives in Washington for a historic visit later this month.

The White House says the Obamas will make the rare trip to Andrews Air Force Base, just outside Washington, on Sept. 22 to formally welcome Francis on his first-ever U.S. visit.

The pontiff is scheduled to arrive in Washington after stops in Cuba.

In the U.S., Francis will meet privately with Obama, becoming just the third pope to ever visit the White House.

On Sept. 24, he heads to the Capitol to become the first pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress.

Francis will also stop in New York City and Philadelphia before returning to the Vatican.

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