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Obama to personally greet Pope Francis on arrival in US

Obama to personally greet Pope Francis on arrival in US
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President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will greet Pope FrancisPope FrancisExperts advise against pope's trip to Iraq amid pandemic Italy commemorates one-year anniversary of its first known COVID-19 case Vatican says workers refusing vaccines may be fired MORE when he lands in the United States later this month.

The first couple will meet the pope at Joint Base Andrews on Sept. 22, White House spokesman Eric Schultz said Wednesday. Obama will also meet with the Pope in the Oval Office the next day.

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It's rare for the president to greet a foreign dignitary upon landing in the U.S., but Schultz noted that President George W. Bush met Pope Benedict XVI at the air base in 2008.

Pope Francis's historic U.S. visit is highly anticipated on both ends of Pennsylvania Ave.

The pontiff will meet with Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) before giving an address on the west front of the Capitol that is expected to be attended by thousands.

Obama and Francis are expected to speak about a range of issues, including the U.S. detente with Cuba, climate change, income inequality and the Syrian refugee crisis.