During their meeting this morning at the White House, President Obama presented Pope Francis with a sculpture of an ascending dove. The dove is an international symbol of peace as well as the Christian symbol for the Holy Spirit. In addition to the sculpture, Obama presented the pope with a key from the home of Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first native-born American to be declared a saint.
This will be the first Canonization Mass on American soil.
@randyragnauth: Pope Francis will arrive in New York on Thursday.
@randyragnauth: No selfie sticks, but iPads should be OK.
Pope Francis has arrived at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will be performing for Pope Francis this weekend at Festival of Families concert in Philadelphia, but she won't just be giving the pope the gift of song. Franklin hopes to present the pope with a box set of sermons by her father, civil rights activist and preacher C.L. Franklin.
Good morning! Pope Francis is on his way to the Capitol where he will be received by House Speaker John Boehner before addressing a joint meeting of Congress.
Yesterday, the pope was at the White House for a ceremony on the South Lawn and then a private meeting with President Obama.
Here are the Republican members of the Senate who will escort the Pope into the chamber: McConnell, Cornyn, Hatch, Thune, Barrasso, Blunt, Wicker, Collins, Murkowski, Corker, Ayotte
Democratic senators escorting Pope Francis include Reid and Menendez.