Francis addressed the crowd on the Capitol’s West Front after his speech to Congress. (Douglas Graham/CQ Roll Call)
“Buenos días,” Pope Francis said to the thousands gathered on the West Lawn of the Capitol. The crowd responded with an eruption of cheers and applause.
The greeting was the peak of the energy in the crowd that stood on the grass for several hours Thursday morning, waiting to be in the pontiff’s presence and hear his historic address to Congress.
Some began arriving at the Capitol at 4:30 a.m., before the security checkpoints opened, to score a spot at the front of the lawn. It was there that afforded the best view of the jumbotrons broadcasting the pope’s congressional address, and of Francis when he appeared on the Speaker’s Balcony after his speech to lawmakers. Full story