Pope Francis on US soil for first time
WASHINGTON - Pope Francis is settling in for his first night in the U.S.
The pope arrived just before 5 p.m. at the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington. Well-wishers in fancy clothes stood behind metal fencing, straining for a view of the pope's arriving car.
Ferrying Francis through Washington's streets was a Fiat 500L, sandwiched between two enormous black SUVs in the motorcade. Francis has made a point of using modest cars as part of his emphasis on simplicity and conservatism and rejection of today's consumerist lifestyle.
The pope spent a few minutes greeting onlookers outside the nunciature before heading inside. He'll spend the night there before meeting with President Barack Obama on Wednesday and addressing Congress on Thursday.
The nunciature was built for the Catholic church in the 1930s. Its architect was Frederick V. Murphy, who founded the architectural department at The Catholic University of America in Washington in 1911.