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The Holy Father lands in Philadelphia to begin his final United States events

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Pope Francis was greeted by an array of World Meeting of Families executive officials.

As Pope Francis' airplane, still waving both the Vatican and the American flags, landed in the Atlantic Aviation of Philadelphia, he was once again greeted by a large, excited crowd cheering him on.

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PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA (Catholic Online) - With music played by the Bishop Shanahan Catholic High School, Pope Francis was met by Archbishop Charles Chaput, the Governor of Pennsylvania Tom Wolf and his wife, the Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter, Archbishop Vicenzo Paglia -the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, the President of the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015 Robert Ciaruffoli and lastly, the Executive Director of the WMOF Donna Farrell.

With the biggest and brightest smile, the Holy Father walked down the aviation stairs with "World Meeting of Families, Welcome Pope Francis" pained down the steps. The Rocky theme could be heard playing in the background.


Pope Francis has said his primary reason for visiting the United States was to be a part of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

As he made his way down the red carpet, shaking hands with all awaiting his arrival, he was presented with a bouquet of Pennsylvania's state flower, the Mountain Laurel.

Pope Francis entered his Fiat 500 as he waved goodbye and sent out a thumbs up. Stopping the motorcade, the Pontiff exited the vehicle to bless a young disabled boy.

Pope Francis once again reminds us all how much he cares and loves all people.

He will be headed to the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul for his first Mass, with more than 2,000 people, in Philadelphia.

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