White House rolling out red carpet for Pope Francis

September 14, 2015 12:46 PM

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When Pope Francis arrives on his first-ever visit to the United States, he will be welcomed in a way that few world leaders have: with President Obama waiting at the bottom of the airplane stairs to greet him.

The extraordinary gesture on Sept. 22 is just the beginning of the pomp and protocol that Washington will put on display to welcome the popular leader of the world's 1.2 billion Roman Catholics and the head of Vatican City.

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