It seemed nearly all of Washington, D.C., and its many visitors waited with bated breath for Pope Francis’ first visit to America. Hundreds of thousands of spectators are expected to flock to the District, New York City and Philadelphia for the pope’s U.S. trip — what Homeland Security deemed a National Special Security event.
An estimated 75,000 people lined Wednesday’s parade route through the capital, 25,000 sat outside of the National Basilica for the pope’s canonization of Junipero Serra and nearly 300 U.S. bishops gathered for a midday prayer at St. Matthews Cathedral. Crowds gathered today at the Capitol where Pope Francis addressed Congress, and again around St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Catholic Charities in Chinatown where Pope Francis fed the homeless.
Here’s a snapshot of some of those who tried to catch a glimpse of El Papa Francisco.