Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Habemus Papam

At long last, it's showtime – touchdown having come just before 4pm ET, here's the Vatican livefeed fullvid of the Pope's arrival at Joint Base Andrews for the eighth papal visit to these States....

With President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and their wives slated to be on the tarmac to greet the Pope – a rare honor for an arriving leader – no public events are scheduled following Francis' landing, with Papa Bergoglio set to be taken straight to the Nunciature on Massachusetts Avenue in a Fiat sedan.

Once the traveling press pool arrives at the media hotel in the capital, a briefing will be held by the Vatican spokesman Fr Federico Lombardi, who hinted last week that the flight from Cuba could see an initial "conversation" between the Pope and in-flight press crew.

Of course, the public events for the three-city visit begin tomorrow, when the president welcomes Francis to the White House before an estimated crowd of 15,000, after which the duo will meet privately in the Oval Office.