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Pope Francis touches down in United States for first ever visit

Published 22/09/2015 | 21:28

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama greet Pope Francis upon his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) welcomes Pope Francis to the United States upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) welcomes Pope Francis at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland for the pontiff's first arrival to the United States September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
A security guard stands by as Pope Francis' aircraft taxis at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington upon arrival in the United States September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. President Barack Obama (L) welcomes Pope Francis to the United States upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. U.S. first lady Michelle Obama look on at left. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
Pope Francis descends the air stairs from his aircraft to be welcomed by U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
Pope Francis arrives for the first time in the United States at Joint Base Andrews, Maryland September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama (C) welcomes Pope Francis to the United States upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. First lady MMichelle Obama is at left. REUTERS/Tony Gentile
U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Pope Francis (R) to the United States upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama welcomes Pope Francis (R) to the United States upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) welcomes Pope Francis to the United States as the Pontiff greets dignitaries upon his arrival at Joint Base Andrews outside Washington September 22, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Pope Francis has arrived in the United States.

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His chartered airplane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington after delivering the leader of the world's Roman Catholics on his first-ever US visit.

Francis landed after a flight from Cuba, where he wrapped up a four-day visit.

Before leaving the communist island country, Francis appealed to Cubans to rediscover their Catholic heritage and live a "revolution of tenderness".

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, were at Andrews to welcome the pope.

Mr Obama and Francis will meet one on one at the White House on Wednesday.

Press Association

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