Pope Francis was greeted by President Obama and the First Family as he landed in Washington on Tuesday for his first visit to the United States, signaling the start of a five-day tour across D.C., New York and Philadelphia for the 78-year-old Roman Catholic leader, coinciding with the United Nations summit which will see more than 100 world leaders arrive in New York.
The president was on the tarmac with his wife Michelle, their daughters Malia and Sasha, and Michelle's mother Marian Robinson to meet the pontiff at Joint Base Andrews at 4pm (Eastern Time).
A line of cardinals, bishops and archbishops were also stood waiting for the pope alongside crowds and a high school band, playing music in his honor. When the plane finished taxi-ing, and the red carpet was rolled out, everyone fell quiet.
President Obama greeted the pontiff and introduced him to his family and Vice President Joe Biden before they walked down the line of dignitaries. The pair then got into separate motorcades.