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that's it for us. thanks for watching. see you back here tomorrow night. "a.c. 360" starts right now. good evening from the very exciting night here in washington d.c. where the catholic university of america in front of the largest roman catholic church in america. it's a venue far too small for the crowds expected to see pope francis celebrate mass here tomorrow. it's a beautiful location. instead, as you can tell, it's going to happen outside. they're calling it the mass in the grass. it will be just one of many big moments in the pope's first visit to the united states. it will take him to new york and philadelphia as well. tonight, what he hopes to accomplish, who he is hoping to reach. how his message is being received and all the back stage details. the unprecedented measures being taken to keep him safe as the man called the people's pope
gets ready to meet the people. just before 4:00 p.m. this afternoon the boeing 777 carrying pope francis, a plane dubbed "shepherd 1" touched down in america. hundreds were on hand at andrews air for base including a high school band to welcome the holy father. ♪ ♪ >> finally, the pontiff, who has never been to the united states in all of his 78 years, emerged. [ cheers and applause ] as he made his way down the steps, the moment that millions of catholics in the u.s. and people of all faiths have been waiting for arrived, for the first time pope francis stepped on american soil. president obama and the first family there to greet him as he made those historic first steps. so too was vice president biden. the first-ever catholic vice president and on a historic day of firsts, never before had a sitting american president and
vice president welcomed another leader together at andrews air force base. it was a sign of honor and respect for a man who has become a symbol of peace and hope, not just for the 1.2 billion catholics around the world but for, as one representative of the vatican said, any people of good will. pope francis chatted with children from nearby catholic schools, then met privately with president obama and other dignitaries in the distinguished visitors' lounge at andrews air force base. ten minutes later he made his way back outside and into a car that caught everyone's attention. an italian made fiat, a humble choice of transportation but not out of character. in visits to other countries he has often travelled in a ford focus. the fiat flanked by a legion of suvs wound its way to washington. on the route lookers waving on pope francis, welcoming him to america.
as the papal van arrived the greeing was jubilation. pope francis will stay here while in washington, settled in for a quiet night before embarking on his whirlwind tour of america. in the city known for going to bed early especially during the week there is plenty of stuff happening here overnight. much of it out of view as security teams gear up for what will be a full day tomorrow. some of it plain to see and pretty rare. for example, there could be huge crowds just near the white house at 4:00 in the morning hours before the actual event when security gates open to get a spot to see tomorrow's papal tour of the ellipse and the national mall. pope francis will be received by president obama at a south lawn welcoming ceremony, followed by some private time for the two. chances are, given what they agree and disagree on, they'll have plenty to talk about. jim acosta is at the white house for us tonight. do we have any idea, jim, what the president and the pope are going to discuss tomorrow?
>> reporter: the white house is engaging in vatican-like secrecy on the topic even though the president and pope are allies on things like climate change, incominequality and cuba. after the president greets the pope at the white house the two leaders will speak to the world. pope francis is expected to deliver his remarks in english. then they will hold a one-on-one meeting in the oval office with only translators in the room before pope francis addresses congress on thursday. again, the speech expected in english. white house press secretary josh earnest cautioned the president will not be going into tomorrow with a political agenda. perhaps that's because the pope can be full of surprises. after their last meeting in rome last year, we asked the president were there any hot-botten socihot hot-button social issues brought up and he said he brought up immigration reform. it's hard to imagine immigration
will not come up again. it's almost a certainty they'll talk about cuba. the pope just came from cuba and the pope help broker that. >> for the pope's welcoming ceremony tomorrow, how large is it expected to be? i know the president has come under criticism from some in the united states because of the small number of guests who were invited. >> reporter: the crowd at the white house and on the streets of washington. from what we can see from the security precautions here, anderson, they're planning something on the scale or almost the scale of the inauguration of the president. this is going to be big stuff. now, take a look at this video we're showing you right now. you can see a glimpse of how the stage has been set on the south lawn of the white house. 15,000 visitors are expected to squeeze onto the south lawn to witness the pope's official arrival. white house officials have invited what they're describing as a diversity of spectators. we know there will be pro-choice
and gay rights advocates in attendance. the white house insists it's not a message they're sending to the pope it's more a reflection of where the country and catholic church is. thousands more will be lining the streets of washington trying to maneuver around the security. they may like the fiat they saw today. they'll probably see more of the pope-mobile tomorrow on the streets of this nation's capitol, anderson. >> jim acosta, thank you very much. let's get some perspective from the author of "walking the bible and sacred journeys" and father james martin. thank you all for being with us. john, first of all, you rode with the pope here from cuba. he was asked about his portrayal by some in the united states and the west as kind of being on the left. what did he say about that? >> anderson, you know, i have been on every one of francis' foreign trips basically. here is one thing i have learned. flying on the papal plane is in
many ways not a fun experience. the seats are uncomfortable, the food is mediocre but the in-flight entertainment is spectacula spectacular. today he was asked about perceptions in the united states that he is a leftist. the reference was of course to the recent "newsweek" cover is the pope still catholic. about which he said, if you need me to recite the creed, which is the thing catholics say to recite their beliefs, he said i'm willing to do it any time. he said it's really a misconception, a misinterpretation. maybe things have not been explained well enough. he said all i am doing is echoing the social doctrine of the catholic church which is the church's official code of teaching about social matters. what he wanted to do was say i am not hugo chavez and a cossack. i am trying to act as a spokesperson for the corporate body of teaching in the catholic
church on issues such as the family, immigration, the environment and so on. >> the emphasis this pope puts on issues, though, is different than perhaps many people had expected him to. there was some talk that those who elected him even thought he was going to be more conservative or like his predecessor. he hasn't changed church doctrine but where he chooses to put the emphasis seems to be different. >> i see francis of the first pope of the 20th century. john paul ii got ill. along comes francis. besides the genuineness that people relate to, he has tapped into things. he is from latin america. it's worth repeating that in 1970, 70% of the world's catholics were in the northern hemisphere, 30% in the southern. today it's reversed. 30% in the north and 70% in the south. he just flew here from the south on purpose to send that message. also, he is in effect the pope
of the 99%. long before this was a conversation in the west, the first trip he took after becoming pope outside of rome was to go south to the mediterranean where there was a graveyard where refugees were coming across from africa. he was on the story years became it became the dominant story it is now. in his personality he has melded with what's in the time and helped the church sort of turn the page from where it was, sex abuse, scandal in the vatican church, to where it is now, a new way of relating to people. the people are definitely ready for it. >> whether it's based on his life experience, father,er or h beliefs, he does put an emphasis on rolling up your sleeves and being out with the people. matthew 25 is important to him, the idea that in the final days christ said you will be judged on whether or not you visited the sick and cared for the poor. for him it's the essence of the gospel. >> as you say, it goes back to
jesus. it also i think flows from his jesuit background. he is the first pope from a religious order since the 19th century. he is the first one to have taken a vow of poverty, chastity and owe bead yens. we work with the poor and are involved with social justice. this is part of his makeup from the get-go and he brought that into the papacy. i think the cardinals forgot they elected a jesuit, someone who had taken a vow of poverty and would work with the poor. >> one of the things he'll do in washington after addressing a joint meeting with congress, he is not lunching on capitol hill. he'll lunch with the poor. >> he is meeting with the homeless shelter in d.c., meeting with a poor school in harlem and then going to a prison in philadelphia. we always say jesus taught by words and by deeds.
this pope knows that he is teaching by gestures as well, by who he spends his time with, by who he chooses to lift up in front of the public. >> how much opposition is there to this pope within the vatican, within the catholic church itself? >> first of all, i have covered three popes, john paul ii, benedict xvi and this one. the story goes back to st. peter. there was a disagreement between peter and paul. >> always been back-biting -- >> he is the 266th pope to have problems with some of his bishops. it's an old story. >> six months into being pope he publicly addressed some of the problems with the vatican. >> sure. the famous christmas speech where he talked about the disease of careerism. is there some resistance to him, sure. i'll give you two observations. one, there has always been
resistance to popes. two, i don't see any evidence having covered francis day in and day out for two years now that he is particularly hobbled by it. i can't point to a single thing that he wanted to do that he has been prevented from doing because of internal opposition. >> it seems very important to this pope that there not be any closed doors in this church. that's one of the things he has actually said, that sort of everybody, in a way, should be welcome, even if -- i mean, he has talked about the year of mercy coming up. and sort of not changing, again, doctrine but having a greater acceptance of those who have been divorced, making it easier to get annulments in marriages. >> i think in religion in general there are two approaches. you have ropes and bridges. you can say this is our rules and doctrine. take it or leave it. or you can build bridges. i think he's building bridges. the other way of looking at it is justice or mercy. you can say these are the rules. or you can say, you know what,
you are hurting in some way. i'm going to reach out to you. he acts really as a pastor more than a thee ol jean. one of the reasons it's resonating in this country beyond the catholics and jesuits and people who we're talking about inside the church is we're coming off the summer of trump, okay. we're coming off -- look at the magazines, our heroes our business people and celebrities, okay. we have this idea in this country that technology or science will solve every problem and it's not going to solve every problem. i think the idea that the country in its entirety is pausing right now to hear this message says we're all still thirsty. it's not all about efficiency and money. >> do you expect him to talk politics? he has been vocal about global warming. he's said the planet is starting to look like it's full of filth. do you expect to hear that.
>> to me it's not part of politics. it's part of catholic social teaching as he's said at this point. politicians say, when i agree with the pope he's talking about spiritual matters. when i don't agree with him it's political. care for the environment, care for the poor, care for refugees and migrants, those are all deeply religious questions because jesus asked us to care for the least of our brothers and sisters, right. and god asked us to till the earth and keep it. it's also said we have done way too much tilling did not enough keeping. if they have political ramifications, so be it. >> we'll have fascinating discussions throughout the week. thank you so much to all of you for being with us. we look forward to most of your words. coming up next what the papal security look like above man ha manhattan. we'll show you things you could
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truly massive security operation was in full spring obviously not just here in washington. new yorkers have been seeing signs of it for days. i talked about some of the precautions yesterday about police commissioner braden and spent time above the city with james water, chief of counterterrorism for the nypd. >> the nypd, how big an operation is this? >> this is an unprecedented operation here in the city. >> reporter: when pope francis arrives in new york city, he'll be protected not only from the ground but also from the air. you've got cameras on this helicopter that can actually read somebody's face, actually read the license plate. >> that's correct. so our aviation unit are, you know, perform as eyes in sky here, able to give us an advantage from the altitude, look down, see. >> reporter: chief james waters is head of counterterrorism operations for the nypd. he took us on a police chopper to show us pope francis' route for the city and the coordinated effort of nearly 50 local,
state, and federal agencies that will keep the pope and the crowds safe. one stop for the pontiff, st. patrick's cathedral. how high are we right now? >> 1,500 feet. we're at 1,500 feet and overlooking st. patrick's cathedral. we're able to see the people on the ground. >> that's incredible. you can also show infrared on this and also -- >> right. so the pilots can flip through and there's your infrared. >> that's all body heat. >> that's all the body heat signature. >> the trip is carefully scripted, but this is a pope who often likes to go off script. stepping out to mingle with the crowds. greeting the faithful who come out to see him. and there will be plenty of opportunities for people to see the pope during his stay in new york. >> he's going to be in city about 40 hours and he's going to cover probably 50 or 60 miles, you know, along the route. >> reporter: chief waters says they're prepared for almost any scenario from unexpected stops
to spontaneous protests to the possibility of a terror attack. >> this aircraft is also equipped with radiological detection equipment. so we can do aerial surveys or radiological materials that may be out there. and we fly background checks around the city on a regular basis, and we fly several days before the event as well as during the event to ensure that there's no dirty bomb out there or moving around. >> reporter: these images are transmitted back to the joint operations center at police headquarters and are carefully monitored throughout the flight. >> see, with the helicopter like this, you would also be checking rooftops for any potential snipers. >> they're our eyes in the sky. we're able to check rooftops and able to give coordinates to the observation teams out there and incident commander on the ground. >> still what worries the officials is the unknown. one of the things the nypd doing has prepared for several years for active shooter situation.
is that something you're especially concerned about here? >> so an active shooter or a lone wolf, someone who's not on the radar, is of great concern to us. we don't have any intelligence to inform us that something's about to happen. and some individual just decides one day i'm going to get up and today's the day that i'm going to do it. >> more than 5,000 new york city police officers will be on hand for the pope's arrival. >> so, anderson, eyes of the world will be on new york city this week and the nypd and its partners are ready. >> you feel confident you're ready for this? >> very confident. we're ready. we're well prepared. we plan, we train, and this week we're going to execute. >> any sleepless nights? >> often. >> he may have sleepless nights but the plans are in place and chief waters believes the city is ready. joining us now, someone who knows high-level security as
well as new york, former secret service agent dan bonchino who also served on the nypd. everyone's been talking about it. the fiat the pope is being driven around in, not a limousine or suv. basically it's a small italian hatchback. clearly that's not part of regular secret service fleet. how unusual is that? >> very unusual. i've actually never seen anything like it. it's very dangerous, anderson. you know, i admire the pope's humbleness and not wanting to be seen ostentatiously but that's a very dangerous vehicle. god forbid there was a tactical assault, there's no way to negotiate strategically in that type of a vehicle. >> what's the biggest challenge facing the secret service and other agencies? is it the fact that this pope so often wants to get right up close to the crowds, he wants to mingle with people? you've seen videos in the past of people handing him a pizza, people handing him a drink to take a drink of. that's got it be a nightmare for secret service and the nypd. >> absolutely.
the secret service grades its protectees. simply, low, medium, and high threat level. i would rate the pope as critical, a level above high. when you combine that with what he said, his randomness, his unpredictability, what you have to do -- let me give you a quick example. president obama got out and waved on the inauguration route in 2009 when it happened, we knew that was going to happen. we put all of our bodies, all of our eyes right there because we knew that was the moment. we had beam other places but that was where it was going to happen. you don't know that with this pope. you don't know where he's going to get out. you basically have to secure the whole route like that one moment when president obama got out and waved. that's a lot of resources being eaten up. >> and i was talking to the nypd, they said, look, known terrorist groups are a big enough challenge but, again, what chief waters said, the lone wolf types who aren't on somebody's radar. that's what they worry about the most. >> you know, i was listening to the chief and he nailed it.
that's the kind of thing when i was a secret service agent that kept me up at night. the thing about a small group tactical assault, anderson, 20 to 30 men with heavy weapons is you have to sneak the weapons in, there's coordination issues. it's not as easy as it looks in the movies. movies where they all attack the white house. one person with a .38 special he bought on the street, if you're determined to get into that site, there's a chance you may do that if you're creative enough. and it's that one guy that can do the real damage, that lone wolf that worries me as well. >> one of the things that chief waters told me that the nypd is doing with the secret service and everybody else is basically role playing and running through scenarios every conceivable attack that could take place and how they would prepare for that. so, you know, they certainly seem to feel like they're on point. let's hope everything just goes off peacefully and just an amazing visit which it's already turning out to be. dan bongino, appreciate you
being with us. just ahead, more breaking news, in a new interview donald trump defending his stance on muslims by bringing up the world trade center attacks. plus hillary clinton finally saying where she stands on the controversial keystone pipeline. details on that ahead. real milk vs. almond milk protein show down milk wins. 8 times the protein, less bathroom breaks.
there's more breaking news tonight in new remarks donald trump is digging in defending his decision not to correct a man who made anti-muslim remarks at a recent rally in new hampshire. this the exchange that sparked the original controversy. >> problem in this country. it's called muslims. we know our current president is one. you know he's not even an american. >> we need this question -- >> but anyway, we have training camps growing where they want to kill us. that's my question. when can we get rid of -- >> we're going to be looking at a lot of different things. a lot of people are saying that and a lot of people are saying bad things are happening out there. we're going to be looking at that and plenty of other things. >> donald trump was criticized by some for not commenting to these remarks.
john mccain corrected a woman who said president obama was an arab. in a just-released interview with "60 minutes" trump brings up the world trade center attacks while seeming to defend the man's anti-muslim attack. take a look. >> we were with you in new hampshire when that man stood up and said we have a problem in this country and it's muslims. you let that pass and i wonder what that tells us about you. >> he said much more than that. that was part of the statement. he then went on to say other things. >> but the bigotry part. >> look. he said mostly about obama, that whole question is about -- i don't have to defend president obama. he's not going to defend me. so whether you agree with the man or don't agree, and there were people in that audience as you probably noticed that did agree with him. >> it was a testing moment for a man running for president. >> i don't think so. >> you never know when they're coming. >> i don't think so. >> here you have a bigot you could have slapped down. >> you don't know that he was a bigot. he asked a question. >> a problem in this country and
it's muslims? >> let me ask you this. you said there's a problem in this country and it's muslims, all right? i love the muslims. i have many, many friends. people living in this building, muslims. they're phenomenal people. but like everything else you have people where there are problems. now, we can say there are no problems with the muslims, there's no problems, there's no terrorism, there's no -- there's no anything, they didn't knock down the world trade center. to the best of my knowledge, the people that knocked down the trade center, you know -- they didn't fly back to sweden. >> donald trump on "60 minutes." more breaking news on the campaign trail. in iowa today democratic front-runner hillary clinton made her position on the controversial keystone pipeline public. here's what she said at a community forum in des moines. >> i think it is imperative that we look at the keystone pipeline as what i believe it is, a distraction from the important work we have to do to combat climate change and, unfortunately, from my
perspective, one that interferes with our ability to move forward to deal with all the other issues. therefore, i oppose it. >> former secretary of state clinton has been asked repeatedly where she stands on the pipeline. this is first time she answered. the review in the state department started under her watch and continues under john kerry. senior washington correspondent jeff zeleny joins me now. how did she go from vehemently not commenting on the pipeline to suddenly commenting on the pipeline? >> a tough summer, anderson. i think that explains her shift better than anything else here. she's been hammered for months about not being open, not being honest or trustworthy because she declined to take a stand on issues like keystone. she knows this so very well. she was part of the process as secretary of state. a lot of progressives and liberals wondered what was she waiting for? of course, bernie sanders and martin o'malley had a field day over all of this. at the end of july a voter in new hampshire asked her about keystone, said if it's undecided
when i become president, i'll answer your question then. i remember being in that room at the town hall meeting and her answer fell flat. it fueled the notion she waent being forthcoming. this is all part of her fall rebuilding effort of her campaign, trying to answer questions and trying to look for open and transparent. >> but in terms -- it also makes it, i mean, to i guess her critics or to other people as just a political calculation that she wanted to kind of take a poll to see before answering that question because as you said, she was involved in it from early days, and the pipeline is something that liberal democrats, she's fighting bernie sanders for, is pretty much vehemently opposed to, correct? if she's trying to appeal to politics, how big of a factor was that in her answer? >> i mean, i think it was almost entirely this. nothing has changed. the facts about keystone has not changed. there's no question the left wing of the democratic party is so strongly opposed to keystone, one of the touchstone issues here. quite simply she was feeling the heat from all the liberal
skeptics and critics. so, yes, it's politically expedient, no doubt about it. also politically smart to make this announcement as a democratic presidential candidate. she had few other options here. short term it looks expedient, long term probably a smart decision on her part, anderson. >> all right. jeff zeleny, appreciate it. thanks very much. just ahead in the latest cnn poll carly fiorina surges to second place behind donald trump by just nine points. can she actually build on that momentum? and will her claims about her track record as ceo hold up under new scrutiny? we'll check her record ahead. if you can't put a feeling into words, why try? philips sonicare leaves your mouth with a level of clean like you've never felt before, making it the most loved electric toothbrush brand by americans and their dentists. innovation and you. philips sonicare.
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merital beach. clearly the fiorina campaign is trying to capitalize on momentum from last week's cnn debate. >> reporter: that's absolutely right, anderson. it's clear from the feeling here within the campaign that they understand that they feel this is a moment, but there's also the understanding that they need this moment to stick. so they have to hang on to that. we heard from carly fiorina today who admitted saying she's keenly aware, is how she put it, that it's just not about doing well in debates, she has to start offering more than just doing well right up there on the debate stage. so part of that is hitting the campaign trail. the campaign has her on a three-day swing through south carolina. today was day one. and they're eager to really put her in settings that show off some substance. so today she spoke for over an hour exclusively on national security issues. the campaign telling me they're going to put her in the settings like jimmy fallon last night where she can show off her substance, her style, and her personality. expect to see her in those sort of settings upcoming, too. anderson?
>> and i know she was asked about donald trump's recent attacks on her. what did she say? >> reporter: well, this is really interesting because this continues to be the question that she gets from reporters out on the campaign trail. and she seems that she's very aware that donald trump has been ramping up his attacks. at the same time she is really rising in the polls. and today she was asked about that and she shrugged off specific criticisms coming from trump but did say she believes this is a sign that she's getting under donald trump's skin. >> it might seem that donald trump's getting a little nervous. maybe i'm getting under his skin a little bit. i am happy to run on the facts of my record. and mr. trump is going to have to run on the facts of his record. as i said during the debate, all of us will be revealed over time and under pressure. i think that's fair to the voters to see. >> reporter: and her superpac is really pushing forward with this as well.
they sent an e-mail out today to supporters saying we get the point, mr. trump, you're worried, you should be. anderson? >> interesting. thanks. carly fiorina and donald trump spend time touting their business credentials and slamming each others's track records in business. their claims are coming under scrutiny. opinion piece entitled "trump and fiorina's snake oil sales," writes "even putting aside their policy positions, narcissism, poor records as leaders and their lack of scruples and spinning failures as triumphs all suggest fiorina and trump would make terrible presidents." joe nocera joins me now. carly fiorina defended her past record today. you say that in particular, talk about her record at h.p. because, i mean, basically today you say it was really dismal from her first big decision. >> no, it was. you know, the most astounding thing is that she bought a giant
computer company, compaq computer, merged it into h.p. yet by the time she was fired profits were actually down. it's almost inconceivable. it's just -- it's a record of kind of failures of botched attempts to change strategy. and her leadership was very -- excuse me, her leadership was very alienating to an employee base where people believed in sharing credit and there wasn't a lot of ego, and she brought in a lot of ego and people really resented it. >> she came in to h.p., though, with, i mean, this incredible story of having started off as a secretary and risen to the ranks of running another company, lucent. >> sure, that's very true. she didn't run lucent but ran marketing and sales for lucent for a long time. there's no question that her rise is a good part of her story. that she started basically from
nothing and became, you know, a $100 million ceo. the problem is the 5 1/2 years that she was actually in charge of something, she didn't do it very well. and if you're thinking about her as a potential president, you have to wonder whether, you know, she's learned anything or whether her leadership skills will be different this time around. >> you also write about donald trump's record. you say he's a business legend but only in his own mind. explain why you say that. >> his company according to his own cfo only generates $600 million in revenue. i mean, it's really pretty minuscule. most of the buildings in new york and elsewhere that have the trump name on it, he doesn't own them. some cases he lost them when times were tough. in other cases, he was simply, they put his name on it as a marketing gimmick and that's the way he makes a lot of his money now. so he goes around saying he's the biggest real estate developer in new york, he's the
most important businessman, this and that. it's just not true. it's absolutely not true. >> and you say he got a lot of his start because of his dad. >> well, that's true. i mean, his father was a developer, and his father was quite wealthy, and there are key moments in the trump story where his father steps in and helps him out. lends him money when he's about to lose something. the most vivid example of this came when one of his casinos was in trouble and his father bought $3.5 million worth of poker chips which he just held on to. he didn't use them. he didn't gamble with them. he just held on to them. thus infusing $3.5 million in cash into the casino so trump could make a loan payment. you know, anderson, i did want to note about trump, he has a comeback story. he's a guy who could say i've been through hard times and i've gotten through it. it would be appealing.
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pope francis celebrates mass here tomorrow. just a few minutes we trace his extraordinary journey to the vatican in a cnn special report "the people's pope." you'll hear from some of the people who know him best. here's a quick preview. ♪ >> a lower middle class kid in a lower middle class area of buenos aires of mostly italian immigrants. that's where he grew up. >> he was a typical childhood. he would go and play with friends in the street. he would play football. >> he was a pretty ordinary kid. he was a lanky teenager. his childhood friends remember him really as always having his head in a book. >> he was special but also normal because he would go also then being a teenager, he would go and dance, he would
participate to parties. >> translator: i've known this man since i was 13 years old. we've known each other for 65 years through every stage of our lives. >> and people were very struck by his concern for others. i think that was there from the very, very beginning. >> just before his 17th birthday, when he had this experience in the confessional, something he says made him go in and he said confession to a priest he didn't know and he always said what went on in that confession left him convinced that he would be a priest. >> translator: he said, i'm going to tell you something that i haven't told anyone else. i've decided to dedicate myself to the priesthood. >> and i think it was through that experience we see the beginnings of the very tender and loving man that i think he subsequently became as a bishop and now as pope. >> with me now is father thomas
rosica. ceo of canada salt and light media catholic foundation. thank you for being with us. >> thank you for having me. >> the importance of this pope's visit to the united states, what is it for you? the first time he came to the united states. he's 78 years old and he came through cuba first. >> let's put it this way, when any pope comes to america, it's a celebration. beginning with paul vi and john paul ii and benedict. with francis, there's a value added, if you will. there's something very special because of the degree of connection with people right from the beginning of his pontificate. you and i were together that famous night in march 2013. and there was that connection, there was a bonding with humanity. there was a simplicity of language. they call him the people's pope. every pope is a person's pope. it's a people's pope. this one is unique and special and today i have to admit, watching the scene -- i was at the airport -- watching the scene of him coming down the stairs, 78 years old, this is his first visit to america. he not only -- it's not a normal entry into the country.
usually they come quietly. it came with this royal welcome. the president and the vice president. what does it mean for america? he's coming to bring joy. from the beginning of the pontificate, he's announced joy. he's written about joy. the gospel of joy. the backdrop of all of this is a world plunged in sadness and darkness and violence and persecution. things are not very good right now in the world. there's great cause for sadness. and he's coming to remind us that jesus brings joy. and christians have to be joyful people against this backdrop of all the stuff around us. >> it's one of the things that i think appeals to so many people about him is even if he hasn't changed any doctrine that some people may disagree with, he -- the emphasis he is putting on is that the church as a mission to others, as a church, the church reaching out to the poor, the church being out in the streets, after he's going to be speaking
to a joint meeting of congress, he's not lunching on capitol hill. he's going to a soup kitchen with catholic charities. that says really everything about this pope. >> vintage bergoglio i call it. he doesn't need all that stuff. he doesn't need the frills. look at jesus in the new testament. he was comfortable with all kinds of people. the biblical foundation of the priesthood is never turning down an invitation to a meal with anyone, not just a particular race of people. this is what he did as archbishop and cardinal. this is what he's doing as pope. there's nothing fancy about that. no frills for best sense. >> for him it's matthew 25, what jesus said about in the final days you'll be asked about did you reach out to the poor. >> the hungry. look at all the places he's gone around the world in these visits. there's almost some signature moments. the moment of a prison, the moment of poor people. those scenes visiting the
hovls in south carolina. i was with him in brazil. it was extraordinary. he's not doing this for photo ops. he's doing this because this has been part of his dna all along. he's also doing it to offer us an example. what he's doing is saying this is how we are church and this is how we are church at our best. it wakes us all up and it's jarring. >> i'll spend a lot of time with you in the days ahead. i look forward to it, father. appreciate that. thank you very much. father thomas rosica. we'll be right back.
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>> stay with cnn over the next few days for pope francis' historic visit to the united states. the special report "the people's pope" starts now. >> the following is a cnn special report. he is a pope like no other. pope francis is changing the vatican and challenging tradition. >> i think he really opened up a new chapter in the history of the church. from the slums of buenos aires to the seat of st. peter. we retrace his extraordinary journey with those who know him best. >> are you ready? are you ready?