Pope Francis has arrived in the US for a dix day trip that will be historic but could likely be marked by political controversy.
His plane touched down at Andrews Airforce Base on the outskirts of Washington. To greet him where President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden.
The Armed Forces Full Honour Cordon from the Military District of Washington had rolled out the red carpet for the pontiff.
Meanwhile, 37 boys from the DeMatha Catholic High School Wind Ensemble, dressed in maroon and navy blazers, warmed up their instruments and the crowd as they awaited the pope's arrival, the Associated Press said.
Waverly Harris, a sophomore at the all-boys school in Hyattsville, Maryland, says it was an honour greet Pope Francis on his first US tour.
The boys will serenade the pope with Happy by Pharrell Williams and Journey's Don't Stop Believin'.Reuse content