Adoring crowds greet pope in nation's capital

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Pope Francis addresses a joint meeting of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015, making history as the first pontiff to do so. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
Pope Francis places his hand atop a young boys head while the boy takes a selfie before the Pope departs the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in the heart of Washington, en route to the Capitol to address a joint meeting of Congress Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
Pope Francis arrives before addressing the joint session of Congress on September 24, 2014 in Washington, DC. The Pope is the first leader of the Roman Catholic Church to address a joint meeting of Congress, including more than 500 lawmakers, Supreme Court justices and top administration officials including Vice President Joe Biden. AFP PHOTO/PAUL J. RICHARDS (Photo credit should read PAUL J. RICHARDS/AFP/Getty Images)
Pope Francis, center, arrives inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, for the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junipero Serra. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Pope Francis arrives for the Midday Prayer of the Divine with more than 300 U.S. Bishops, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington, DC. (Jonathan Newton/The Washington Post via AP)
Nuns sit in their pews while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive inside the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, in Washington. (AP Photo/David Goldman)
Seminarians greet Pope Francis, bottom center, as he walks into the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, before holding a mass to canonize Junipero Serra. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, Pool)
St. Mathews Cathedral is reflected in a nearby building as onlookers wait for Pope Francis to arrive for midday prayer service at the cathedral in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. ( AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)St. Mathews Cathedral
President Barack Obama and Pope Francis walk down the Colonnade before meeting in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A man holds up a Papal flag as he waits for Pope Francis departure from the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. Pope Francis will visit the White House where President Barack Obama will host a state arrival ceremony. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
President Barack Obama and Pope Francis are flanked by a U.S. and Vatican flag during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. The Washington Monument is in the background. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis after this welcoming speech during the state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
President Barack Obama and Pope Francis stand at attention during playing of the national anthems to begin the state arrival ceremony, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)
Pope Francis arrives for the midday prayer from the Liturgy of Hours, the daily form of prayer of the Catholic Church, with bishops from the U.S., Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Pope Francis give the thumbs-up from the popemobile during a parade around the Ellipse near the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
President Barack Obama shakes hands with Pope Francis during a state arrival ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015. (Tony Gentile/Pool Photo via AP)
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama watch as the Fiat 500L carrying Pope Francis arrives for a state arrival ceremony, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A man kisses Pope Francis while he greets well-wishers outside the Apostolic Nunciature, the Vatican's diplomatic mission in Washington, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, prior to his departure to the White House where President Barack Obama will host a state arrival ceremony. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Huge crowds of admirers and fans gave Pope Francis an enthusiastic reception in the nation's capital on Wednesday, beginning with the thousands who packed the South Lawn of the White House.

President Barack Obama welcomed Pope Francis to the White House. The clear blue sky and mild temperatures reinforced Obama's first words: "Good morning. What a beautiful day the Lord has made!"

Pope Francis asked Americans to support efforts to help the world's most vulnerable people and said it's clear to him that climate change is a problem that can no longer be left to a future generation.

Cheering crowds jammed the parade route along Constitution Avenue as Francis made a leisurely loop around the streets near the White House. He paused twice to have babies brought to him, and he kissed their heads.

Spectators came from all walks of life and from throughout the country to see the pope during his first visit to the United States. They spoke glowingly of his humility and his focus on taking care of the less fortunate.

The pope maintained a packed schedule, attending a worship service with church bishops and celebrating an outdoor Mass.

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