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Pope Francis lands in United States after wrapping up Cuba visit

Published 22/09/2015

An honour guard awaited Pope Francis at Andrews Air Force Base
An honour guard awaited Pope Francis at Andrews Air Force Base

Pope Francis has arrived in the United States.

His chartered airplane touched down at Andrews Air Force Base outside of Washington after delivering the leader of the world's Roman Catholics on his first-ever US visit.

Francis landed after a flight from Cuba, where he wrapped up a four-day visit.

Before leaving the communist island country, Francis appealed to Cubans to rediscover their Catholic heritage and live a "revolution of tenderness".

President Barack Obama, first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and his wife, Jill, were at Andrews to welcome the pope.

Mr Obama and Francis will meet one on one at the White House on Wednesday.

Pope Francis and former Cuba president Fidel Castro during a meeting at Castro’s home in Havana
Pope Francis and former Cuba president Fidel Castro during a meeting at Castro’s home in Havana

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