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shy, even before he was pope. extremely shy. look at him now. he's invigorated by the crowds. he leaves his notes and he speaks with general owe o. >> i can't imagine what that's like. >> what does he call you to discuss? what can you share with us? >> it's completely out of the blue. last time he called me was in july. i was in sienna, the city of sienna. i was in the middle of the cathedral. he called out of the blue. the number comes up as private. he said solo francisco. what an untimely moment to call me. i understand who he is and wants to talk about different issues. my mother is not well. the one thing that strikes me. he always says, how is your mother and give her my blessing.
that's amazing for a man who is in charge of 2 billion catholics in the world. >> when he calls you, does he speak in spanish? >> in italian. he likes to speak in italian. that's surprising even in rome because he wants to be the bishop of rome. he wants to be first of all, a pastor who takes care of his flock and his immediate flock is italian. when he comes to the united states, he's going to speak english. spanish when he wants -- >> as we watch, he's getting into his fiat. who would be with him in the fiat? who is always with him? >> next to him is an official from the secretary of state. a monsignor in charge of the english section. he's been helping him with all of his addresses and he's going to help him now with translation during his time. at the front will be dr. january ee, head of papal security. he'll be taken well care of. >> what did you think when you saw the big motorcade and he's in this little fiat and you had
big security suvs? is that typical of him? >> it really is. he's been forced to get into this big car. you can really be assured that he insisted on that small car. >> he has a will about those things. appeal to his sense of simplicity. >> he's a man-- we've got to ren normal, otherwise we're inauthentic and people will not believe in us anymore. i believe his personal testimony, charlie and gayle, speaks much more than his words. look at him now. >> testament. >> do you agree with that? >> i do agree. he's a man who leads by example. you watch him, you see the simple dress. he lives in the guest house at the vatican. you see him going out into the crowds taking risk with his personal safety. he walks the walk. that's important for a church that for the past two decades
has been seen sometimes as critical, preaching one thing and doing another. francis wants to reverse that. not just to lead by example but to hold priests to a higher standard. >> you said he's a first jesuit pope and latin american pope. is there a message there, do you think? >> the fact that he's a jesuit means he's taken a vow. how can he even be pope? that means that he'll turn that message to bishops in the church. we saw that when he was in south korea and he said the bishop should be less power hungry and we should expect to see more of that in the united states. >> you can see the fiat moving away now. the interesting thing to me is the urgency that you said he feels. he knows he's 78. urgent to do what? >> the cardinals of the church elected pope francis because the church neat needed reforming. he said to st. francis, rebuild
my church. he thought initially it was with bricks and mortar. but then he understood that the church was in dire need of internal reform. pope francis is doing that at the level of the holy sea, the cure. particularly the finances. i know the cardinal in charge of that office, huge changes have been made. >> as you talk, we can see the motorcade moving out towards the white house. >> we'll go back to norah o'donnell. it's about a five-minute drive to you at the white house. >> for the pope it's a five-minute drive. >> that's true. >> that's right. they have cleared the streets as the pope makes his way here to the white house. he's going to arrive right here on the southport coe of the white house. his car will come up along here, actually. right here to greet president obama and the first lady, mrs. obama. and then they will then take their seats right here and then we will hear from the president of the united states and his
holiness. the president in a rare occasion welcomed pope francis at andrews air force base and he tweeted and said that welcome to the white house. your messages of love, hope and peace have inspired us all. that's the president's message. what many are waiting to hear is the pope's message. he's going to deliver remarks here on the south lawn. and i spoke with father thomas reese, who said that what the pope is going to say here today, he will reference that he is a son of immigrants, so there will be a reference to immigration in a country of immigrants. and then a large section of his holiness' remarks will be about the environment. that he won't specifically reference climate change but our common home. those are the political under tones that this papal visit has
under scored. certainly as those debates about climate change are front and center not only before congress but also in the presidential race. we can see sort of the diplomatic flourishes that are going on. charlie and gayle, i'll try to get you a program. >> thank you. >> this is how historic. really the president, mrs. obama welcomed his holiness, pope francis. one of the things in here other than the schedule of everything going on, they remind all of us that it's customary for all present to stand when honor rs rendered. just a reminder to everyone. this is the official program here. you will see that, if you can see the crowds here on the south lawn of the white house, the white house is saying there are about 20,000 people. imagine that. as you know, the south lawn is essentially the front yard of the white house. there are even more people in the ellipse to see the president. they have jumbotrons up so people can hear pope francis'
remarks as well as president obama's which should happen shortly as -- in fact, we should check in. jan crawford is on the ellipse where many of those people are gathered. jan? >> reporter: you know, this is where the pope is going to take a spin around the block in the pope-mobile. we have thousands of people who are here gathered, many waited overnight. all hoping to get a glimpse of the pope. it is quite a lot of excitement, as you can hear the crowds. all kinds of people here from all over the country who gather here to be a part of this moment in history. even for a quick second when he goes by, norah. >> jan, thank you so much. i think on the ellipse, everybody is more noisy and excited. everyone here actually on the south lawn is a little bit more subdued. jan, where you are, are some people hoping they may get to
shake the pope's hand? >> reporter: norah, they are hoping for a photograph. they'll hoping he gets out of the pope-mobile and come and say hello. they're hopeful for so many things. that's why so many of them started getting here late last night, camping out overnight just for that moment. the crowds, you know, i asked people, what is it about this pope, what drew you here to be a part of this moment and one woman said to me, he's a, what would jesus do, pope. he acts like jesus would act. another one said we just love the pope. he walks the talk. he behaves and practices the very message that he is going to be delivering here in washington. those things resonate with these people. they tell me they feel this personal connection with this man. and you can see it here in the crowds. there are small children. they have poster boards. they've drawn signs and have
cards, holding little signs that say we love you. it's just a moment of great excitement and it's enthusiasm and really love that these people are showing for this pope as he prepares to come along this route and head back to the white house and go on to deliver the midday prayers in st. matthews, norah. >> jan, thank you. gayle and charlie, you have to remember there's 70 million catholics in america. it's the largest denomination. this is not just the tens of thousands that have gathered here at the white house. there are 50,000 or more expected at the capitol tomorrow. all of people watching on television and around the united states, catholics and noncatholics who admire this man. >> thank you, norah, for the offer to bring back a program. i really want one of those. >> i know you do. >> we are waiting for the president to come out. we know that the pope will talk about his own sense of self.
but also about america. and about hits founding principles. he's also going to go to philadelphia and we know that the issue of the family and institutions are important to him. what might he want to say to america about those? >> i think when it comes to the family, he's going to talk about the catholic family, the traditional family. he said in cuba before he left, his last mass, that the importance of a complete family and how fracturing the family leads to a society of individuals which can then be closely controlled and ruled by the government, which was an illusion to communism. he's going to think the same thing here. he's always pushed for traditional marriage. he's concerned about how divorce impacts children in particular because he cares as we saw about children. and he is not, however much we might want to say that he is, he's not someone who wants to make it a free for all when it
comes to issues of the family. >> he doesn't shy from political issues at all. does that surprise you? >> the pastoral issues touch on the political. if one looks at the whole issue, gayle. god created the world and god's presence is found in the world. so if we take care of the earth, if he takes care of the sky, the air, the sea, we take care of god's creation and we continue to find his presence. >> if we look here, we can see the white house and the president standing by awaiting the pope's arrival. i assume in the doorway, the president will back out, i assume, with the first lady and greet him. when the president went to greet the pope at andrews air force base, he brought his two daughters, part of his own family for this historic moment. not only was it very rare for the president to and greet
someone, but to take your family -- and his mother-in-law as well. lives at the white house. >> that's right. >> so i mean, this is so special, i think, to this president,s he awaits the pope here and to welcome the pop to his house and the people's house. >> i remember when president obama came to the vatican, it was a huge entourage. it was a great, great moment also for the people of italy and the vatican. this holy father really believes this is a great nation, the united states. >> respects america. >> he really respects america and knows that this is a nation that is deeply religious and founded on religious principles. he respects the great work that this nation has done in those areas. in all of his speeches, he's going to be very positive but also present a challenge as a pastor of the church. >> a challenge to do what? >> for example in immigration. this is a melting pot.
let's keep our doors open. remember at the vatican just a few weeks ago, he asked every catholic parish in italy to accept a family of syrian refugees. his would parishes at the vatican have accepted two families. on the issue of religious liberty, he's going to say this is a nation, president george washington, first proclamation, give thanks to god for his benefits and let's keep the door open and a allow people of all beliefs to continue to profess their beliefs and take a role in public life. i talk of the catholic church. but there's no greater institution that provides schools, social services, hospitals and their own catholic church. >> how is it changing the vatican in rome? >> i think two big changes. one is the side of governance. he's being much more collegial. he's involving others but he is
a jesuit and he will make the final decision. the second way i think he's changing the vatican is in his style of relationship. so he's less concerned with the externals even in his dress, even with the raw law in terms of liturgy and doctrine. because he's much more concerned with the interior, the internal life, the person. not so much the external. but the internal. >> what does this visit do for the catholic here in the united states, do you think? >> well, what he really wants to do is invigorate it. it's been a church that has been a lot like churches in europe, bifurcated and declining. particularly among the young, among millenials. his message really does connect with them. when he was in cuba, he spoke to young people about how he knew they felt that they had been pushed aside, how they seem to be sort of like retired who had
given up hope. now he comes to america, that message is going to resonate with milien yells. 30% of them are in jobs that don't play into their career. this hope is going to resonate here. that's important because the church really needs to boost its popularity and influence. >> he engages in the millennials even though he doesn't watch tv. >> there he is. sniechlts wa >> want to go back to norah, we'll come right back to you. >> norah back at the white house. >> we're told that he's about a minute away from arriving on south lawn of the white house. we're going to hear the honor guard and they're going to play ruffles and flourishes. this is really an occasion. i mean this is a really special
welcome for the pope. the president and the first lady will greet the pope. his car, his vehicle will come right up here. they're going to give him -- he won't have to walk far to meet the president and the first lady. they will take a seat and begin remarks here. we should note that the president and this pope have met before. they met at the vatican. this is now the occasion for the president to say thank you for welcoming us to the vatican. now you're welcomed here at the white house. remember, that is rare. this is only the third pope to be greeted here at the white house. of course, it's pope francis' first visit to the united states. he's the first pope from the americas. he's the first jesuit pope. as one catholic priest and scholar i spoke with noting he's a jesuit who said he's not a jesuit just from here, but he thinks from here, his heart. i think that's what's made pope francis and his couple of years
in the vatican so unique. he's connecting not just here as a jesuit, because we know they're scholars, but also, of course, as a pope with heart. part of the message which i told you earlier i heard he's not only going to address immigration here, he's going to address the environment. he won't specifically say climate change, but he's going to talk about our common home. he's just come from cuba, as you know, so he's going to talk about the message in cuba. those are hot button issues, right? they're hotly debated in congress about normalizing relations with cuba. he's going to come here, this is a pastoral visit, but there's also a political message that the pope is delivering before the tens of thousands that are gathered here. just quickly before the pope arrives here too, i want to note, this is also a diplomatic visit, right? because the pope is a head of state. so after the remarks here, we will see the president and his holiness walk along the kol nay
into the oval office, just right not far from here. the two will sit down for a meeting about 45 minutes long according to the white house. at the same time, officials from the vatican will be meeting with the vice president and the secretary of state kerry. there is work to be done as well. so there's a lot of that as well. but, again, this is also an occasion for people to get a sense of this pope and jan crawford is down at the ellipse, not far from me. down at the bottom of the south lawn of the white house where there are tens of thousands gathered. i bet they're waiting and excited to see the pope-mobile. >> reporter: they are. yes, norah. we're on the very last leg of that parade route. you can see the crowds, everyone is gaerds. the excitement is building. where are you from? >> they come -- richmond. >> richmond, virginia. >> reporter: anyone else? >> mexico, memphis.
nashville. pittsburgh. >> orlando. they've come from all over the country and the world just to be here for this moment. i was talking to some of the people earlier, why they are here, what is it. what is it about this pope that drew you here? >> he's very special. kindness. >> what's one word you would use to describe him? >> love. >> unique. >> so norah, you see, it's the enthusiasm and the connection that they feel having come from all over the place just to be here in in spot. norah? >> reporter: all right, jan. thank you so much. we should note, hail to the chief is about to begin. first the ruffles and flourishes. they're going to shortly announce the president of the united states and michelle obama. let's
gayle and charlie. it's like i good goose bumps because the whole crowd started to rush here essentially to rush east because pope's vehicle is now arriving. and many people are running just to get a glimpse of his holiness. he's essentially coming -- i can describe it for you. he's just coming around here. you hear the trumpets now.
norah. the fiat and the flag on the fiat, it all adds to the look. >> it's just -- yes. a small vehicle for a man of sort of promising big change for the catholic church. >> and there you see, of course. the welcome as his holiness stands next to president obama and everyone stands to recognize pope francis. thunderous applause. >> announcer: ladies and gentlemen, the nagts alan them of the holy sea followed by the national anthem of the united states.
the white house. [ applause ] i should explain that our backyard is not typically this crowded, but the size and spirit of today's gathering is just a small reflection of the deep devotion of some 70 million american catholics. [ applause ] it reflects as well the way your message of love and hope has inspired so many people across our nation and around the world. on behalf of the american people, it is my great honor and privilege to welcome you to the united states of america. [ applause ]
today, we mark many firsts. your holiness, you have been celebrated as the first pope from the americas. [ applause ] this is your first visit to the united states. [ applause ] and you are also the first pontiff to share an encyclical through a twitter account. [ applause ] holy father, your visit not only allows us in some small way to reciprocate the extraordinary hospitality you extended to me at the vatican last year, it also reveals how much all americans, from every background and of every faith, value the role that the catholic church
plays in strengthening america. [ applause ] from my time working in impoverished neighborhoods with the catholic church in chicago, to my travels as president, i've seen firsthand how, every day, catholic communities, priests, nuns, and laity feed the hungry, heal the sick, shelter the homeless, educating our children, and fortifying the faith that sustains so many. what is true in america is true around the world. from the busy streets of buenos aires to remote villages in kenya, catholic organizations serve the poor, minister to
prisoners, build schools and homes, and operate orphanages and hospitals. and just as the church has stood with those struggling to break the chains of poverty, it has given voice and hope to those seeking to break the chains of violence and oppression. and yet, i believe the excitement around your visit holy father, must be attributed not only to your role as pope, but to your unique qualities as a person. [ applause ] in your humility, your embrace of simplicity, the gentleness of your words and the generosity of
your spirit, we see a living example of jesus' teachings, a leader whose moral authority comes not just through words but also through deeds. [ applause ] you call on all of us, catholic and non-catholic alike, to put the least of these at the center of our concerns. you remind us that in the eyes of god our measure as individuals and our measure as a society is not determined by wealth or power or station or celebrity, but by how well we hew to scripture's call to lift up the poor and the marginalized.
[ applause ] to stand up for justice and against inequality and to ensure that every human being is able to live in dignity because we are all made in the image of god. [ applause ] you remind us that the lord's most powerful message is mercy. that means welcoming the stranger with empathy and a truly open heart. [ applause ] from the refugee who fleece war-torn lands, to the immigrant who leaves home in search of a better life. [ applause ] it means showing compassion and love for the marginalized and the outcast, those who have suffered, and those who seek
redemption. you remind us of the costs of war, particularly on the powerless and defenseless, and urge us toward the imperative of peace. [ applause ] holy father, we are grateful for your invaluable support of our new beginning with the cuban people, which holds out the promise -- [ applause ] which holds out the promise of better relations between our countries, greater cooperation across our hemisphere, and a better life for the cuban people. we thank you for your passionate voice against the deadly conflicts that ravage the lives of so many men, women, and children and your call for nations to resist the sirens of war and resolve disputes through diplomacy.
you remind us that people are only truly free when they can practice their faith freely. [ applause ] here in the united states, we cherish religious liberty. it was the basis for so much of what brought us together. here in the united states, we cherish our religious liberty, but around the world at this very moment children of god, including christians are targeted and even killed because of their faith. believers are prevented from gathering at their places of worship. the faithful are imprisoned. churches are destroyed. so we stand with you in defense of religious freedom and
interfaith dialogue, knowing that people everywhere must be able to live out their faith free from fear and intimidation. [ applause ] and, holy father, you remind us that we have a sacred obligation to protect our planet, god's magnificent gift to us. [ applause ] we support your call to all world leaders to support the communities most vulnerable to a changing climate ao together to preserve our precious world for future generations. [ applause ] your holiness, in your words and deeds, you set a profound moral example.
and in these gentle but firm reminders of our obligations to god and to one another, you are shaking us out of complacency. all of us may, at times, experience discomfort when we contemplate the distance between how we lead our daily lives and what we know to be true and right. but i believe such discomfort is a blessing, for it points to something better. you shake our conscience from slumber. you call on us to rejoice in good news and give us confidence that we can come together in humility and service, and pursue a world that is more loving, more just, and more free. here at home and around the world, may our generation heed your call to never remain on the
>> good morning. >> mr. president, i am deeply grateful for your welcome in the name of all americans. as the son of an immigrant family, i'm happy to be a guest in this country which was built by such families. [ applause ] i look forward to these days of encounter in which i hope to listen to and share many of the hopes and dreams of the american people. during my visit, i will have the
honor of addressing congress, where i hope as a brother of this country to offer words of encouragement to those called to guide the nation's political future, in fidelity to its founding principles. i will also travel to philadelphia for the meeting of families to celebrate and support the institutions of marriage and the family at this critical moment in the history of our civilization. [ applause ] mr. president, together with the
fellow citizens, american catholics are committed to building a society which is truly tolerant but inclusive to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities and to rejecting every form of injustice discrimination. [ applause ] with countless other people of -- they are likewise concerned that efforts to build a just and vastly order society, respect their deepest concerns and the right to religious
liberty. [ applause ] >> the freedom remains one much america's most precious possessions. as my brothers, the united states, shall remind us all are all to be vigilant precisely as good citizens to preserve and defend that freedom from everything that would threaten or compromise it. [ applause ] mr. president, i find it encouraging that you are proposing an initiative for reducing air pollution.
[ applause ] the urgency, it seems clear to me also that climate change is a problem we can no longer be left to our future generations. [ applause ] when it comes to our common home, we're living at that critical moment of history. we still have time to make the change needed to bring about sustainable and integral development for we know that things can change.
[ applause ] such change demands on our part a serious and responsible recognition not only of the kind of the world we may be leaving for our children but also to the millions of people living under a system which has -- our common home has been part of this growth of -- which casts out to heaven and which today powerfully strikes our homes, our cities, our societies. to use a phrase, of reverend
martin luther king, we can say that we have the defaulted on a promissory note and now is the time to honor it. [ applause ] we know by faith that the creator does not abandon us. or repents at having created us. humanity has the ability to all together in building our common home. as christians, we wish to commit
ourselves to the conscious and responsible care of our common home. mr. president, the efforts which were recently made to mend this and to open new doors to cooperation within our human family represent positive steps along the path of justice and freedom. i would like all men and women in this great nation to support the efforts of the international
community to protect the vulnerable in our world and to stimulate and be inclusive models of development. [ applause ] so our brothers and sisters everywhere may know the blessings of peace and prosperity which god wills for all his children. mr. president, once again, i thank you for your welcome and i look forward to these days in your country. god bless america. [ applause ]
[ applause ] [ applause ] ♪ so there it is. the arrival ceremony at the south lawn of the white house. the president speaking an introduction talking about what it meant for the pope to be there and then the pope expressing his desire to meet the american people and some of the common themes he's expressed about poverty, about climate and about welcoming people from around the world to be part of the human family. fascinating speech by him, short. even shorter than the introduction. >> how fitting, charlie, that at the end of the ceremony, we hear the words, we love you pope
francis. norah o'donnell, you were at the white house. we heard it here at the studio. throwing it back to you in washington. >> reporter: it was loud. with a nice deep favoice, shout we love you pope francis. >> charlie, and gayle, we're joined by father thomas. national catholic reporter. so much to talk about. first, with the pope's remarks. if anybody thought he was going to avoid hot button political issues, they were wrong. he touched all of them. >> absolutely. he spoke out strongly about climate change issues, the necessity to respond to it right now, not leave it to future generations. i loved the way he started by saying i'm the son of an immigrant family and identified himself very personally with immigrants in the united states. >> why do you think he chose to do that here at the white house? was he trying to send a message? he knew the importance of his
remarks. >> well, this is clearly a pope who has been concerned about the plight of refugees and immigrants. he's concerned about the poor and protection of the environment. these have been issues from the first day he was elected. he's spoken out strongly on. obviously, he wanted to make the point here also. >> reporter: you heard the president say our backyard has never been this crowded. so many people to hear the pope and his remarks. he's not touching, though, on social issues as traditionally been. whether they're issues of life, abortion. in fact, he talked about inclusiveness. even today he wanted to build a society tolerant and inclusive and dejecting on justice for the nation. also >> well, this is a pope that wants to be inclusive and welcoming. he welcomes people, binds
wounds, treats people with compassion and love. that's the gospel message. that's what jesus did. jesus never got mad at sinners, he only got mad at the pharisees. that's why i think the crowd responds to him. >> i just want to note that he is now on the balcony waving to everyone. >> and the crowd is just going crazy. they love this pope. >> and we should note that as they went through the diplomatic room, they are on what is called the blue room balcony. the balcony above him is the truman balcony. but they are in the blue room balcony and get a nice wave to the crowd there. it's an opportunity for the pope to look beyond where he was previously and see the crowd all the way down to the ellipse, which is hundreds of yards. you can get a sense of the tens of thousands that are gathered here to hear his remarks and catch a glimpse of him. they will go inside and he will sign a guest b a