'Awesome' pope unites diverse Washington crowd

Pope Francis greets well-wishers as he leaves the Apostolic Nunciature on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DCPope Francis may be a hero to the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics but a far broader section of American society — young, old, devout or just plain curious — came out to catch a glimpse of him in Washington. On his historic first visit to the United States, Francis brought parts of the capital to a standstill on Wednesday and Thursday, as tens of thousands jostled amiably to see the 78-year-old Argentine. Some were devout Roman Catholics, but plenty more were eager onlookers or people touched by the pope’s appeal for a more just world.

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