During the pope’s first trip to the United States, Catholics and non-Catholics alike navigate crowds in three cities to catch a glimpse of the “people’s pope.”

September 22

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Pope Francis’ chartered Alitalia plane approaching Joint Andrews in Maryland on Tuesday. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

A red carpet was rolled out to welcome Francis. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

A red carpet was rolled out to welcome Francis. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

Francis arrived here from Cuba, where he concluded a four-day visit on Tuesday morning in its heartland of religion and revolution. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Francis arrived here from Cuba, where he concluded a four-day visit on Tuesday morning in its heartland of religion and revolution. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

The Pope was greeted by the President and Vice President along with their families. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Pope was greeted by the President and Vice President along with their families. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

Some of those present for the Pope's arrival wore their loyalties on their sleeves - and everywhere else.  Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Some of those present for the Pope’s arrival wore their loyalties on their sleeves – and everywhere else. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

"Ho, ho, hey, welcome to the U.S.A." the crowd chanted at one point. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

“Ho, ho, hey, welcome to the U.S.A.” the crowd chanted at one point. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

The Pope, who has made a point of shunning some of the perks of his position since his ascension in 2013, took a decidedly modest Fiat 500L hatchback for the ride to his quarters for the night. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

The Pope, who has made a point of shunning some of the perks of his position since his ascension in 2013, took a decidedly modest Fiat 500L hatchback for the ride to his quarters for the night. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

 

September 23

President Obama and Pope Francis at the arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President Obama and Pope Francis at the arrival ceremony on the South Lawn. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

People lined the streets around the Ellipse and National Mall to see the Pope. Photo : Eric Thayer for the New York Times

People lined the streets around the Ellipse and National Mall to see the Pope. Photo : Eric Thayer for the New York Times

Some people slept as they waited to see the Pope, who arrived at the White House around 9:30 a.m. Photo : Eric Thayer for the New York Times

Some people slept as they waited to see the Pope, who arrived at the White House around 9:30 a.m. Photo : Eric Thayer for the New York Times

President Obama leading Pope Francis to the Oval office. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

President Obama leading Pope Francis to the Oval office. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

The popemobile passed the crowd of 11,000 people near the Ellipse. Photo : Gabriella Demczuk For The New York Times

The popemobile passed the crowd of 11,000 people near the Ellipse. Photo : Gabriella Demczuk For The New York Times

Nearly 300 bishops from around the country arrived at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle to pray with the Pope. Photo : Zach Gibson/The New York Times

Nearly 300 bishops from around the country arrived at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle to pray with the Pope. Photo : Zach Gibson/The New York Times

Francis arriving at St. Matthew's Cathedral, where he praised the bishops for their work on behalf of immigrants. Photo : Zach Gibson/The New York Times

Francis arriving at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, where he praised the bishops for their work on behalf of immigrants. Photo : Zach Gibson/The New York Times

Sister Mary Gabriel was screened at the entrance to the afternoon Mass canonizing the Rev. Junipero Serra. Photo : Josh Haner/The New York Times

Sister Mary Gabriel was screened at the entrance to the afternoon Mass canonizing the Rev. Junipero Serra. Photo : Josh Haner/The New York Times

The young and the very young were on hand Wednesday as Francis arrived at Catholic University. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

The young and the very young were on hand Wednesday as Francis arrived at Catholic University. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

Francis at the canonization ceremony for the Rev. Junipero Serra in Washington. Photo : Josh Haner/The New York Times

Francis at the canonization ceremony for the Rev. Junipero Serra in Washington. Photo : Josh Haner/The New York Times

 

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September 24

"Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one, the greatest common good," Pope Francis said. Photo : Zach Gibson/The New York Times

“Politics is, instead, an expression of our compelling need to live as one, in order to build as one, the greatest common good,” Pope Francis said. Photo : Zach Gibson/The New York Times

The Pope received an exuberant reception before addressing a joint meeting of Congress. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

The Pope received an exuberant reception before addressing a joint meeting of Congress. Photo : Stephen Crowley/The New York Times

Pope Francis looked out over the National Mall from the Speaker's Balcony at the Capitol on Thursday. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

Pope Francis looked out over the National Mall from the Speaker’s Balcony at the Capitol on Thursday. Photo : Doug Mills/The New York Times

After his remarks, the Pope addressed the plight of Washinton's homeless at St. Patrick's Church. Photo : Gabriella Demczuk For The New York Times

After his remarks, the Pope addressed the plight of Washington’s homeless at St. Patrick’s Church. Photo : Gabriella Demczuk For The New York Times

Yankei Mauricio leads a group prayer near St. Patrick's Cathedral in Manhattan while waiting for Francis to arrive. Photo : Hodgson For The New York Times

Yankei Mauricio leads a group prayer near St. Patrick’s Cathedral in Manhattan while waiting for Francis to arrive. Photo : Hodgson For The New York Times

Ahead of the Pope's visit, a large camera was moved into position near St. Patrick's Cathedral. Photo : Damon Winter/The New York Times

Ahead of the Pope’s visit, a large camera was moved into position near St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Photo : Damon Winter/The New York Times

New Yorkers gathered at the East River piers in Manhattan to watch the Pope arrive by helicopter. Photo : Karsten Moran For The New York Times

New Yorkers gathered at the East River piers in Manhattan to watch the Pope arrive by helicopter. Photo : Karsten Moran For The New York Times

Security personnel were prevalent as people waited aling Fifth Avenue for a peek of the pontiff. Photo : Damon Winter/The New York Times

Security personnel were prevalent as people waited aling Fifth Avenue for a peek of the pontiff. Photo : Damon Winter/The New York Times

Guests began arriving at St. Patrick's Cathedral in the afternoon. Photo : Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Guests began arriving at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in the afternoon. Photo : Todd Heisler/The New York Times

The popemobile, headed for St. Patrick's Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Photo : Michael Appleton For The New York Times

The popemobile, headed for St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on Fifth Avenue in Manhattan. Photo : Michael Appleton For The New York Times

Francis spoke at St. Patrick's Cathedral, offering a message to live humbly and resist temptation. Photo : Todd Heisler/The New York Times

Francis spoke at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, offering a message to live humbly and resist temptation. Photo : Todd Heisler/The New York Times

The newly restored cathedral was packed with nearly 2,500 priests, nuns and lay people. Photo : Damon Winter/The New York Times

The newly restored cathedral was packed with nearly 2,500 priests, nuns and lay people. Photo : Damon Winter/The New York Times

Francis waved as his car left St. Patrick's after the prayer service. Photo : Damon Winter/The New York Times

Francis waved as his car left St. Patrick’s after the prayer service. Photo : Damon Winter/The New York Times

 

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This feature originally appeared in New York Times.

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