At White House, hours in line for brief welcoming ceremony

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September 23, 2015

Pope Francis addresses U.S. President Barack Obama and guests during a welcoming  ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-WHITE-HOUSE Sept. 23, 2015.

Pope Francis addresses U.S. President Barack Obama and guests during a welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington Sept. 23. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The 11,000 ticketed guests and a cast of hundreds extra — military units, musicians and federal employees — who waited on the White House lawn to greet Pope Francis Sept. 23 were clearly there as fans of the visiting pope.

As the sun rose over a spectacularly blue September sky, a cross section of the U.S. population from across the country waited for hours for a welcoming ceremony that was over in a matter of minutes.

Blocks-long lines for security checkpoints stretched through closed-off streets in the hours before dawn. On the grounds of the White House and its adjacent buildings, yellow-and-white Vatican flags flew alongside the U.S. Stars and Stripes.

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