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The Pope lands in the USA to meet President Bush, his wife Laura and daughter Jenna, was on the runway to greet the religious leader personally.
In America on a six-day visit, the Pope celebrates his 81st birthday on Wednesday, an event that will be marked with a lavish dinner in his honour at the White House. The man himself will not be in attendance, however, as he’ll be leading a prayer service in Washington.
During his stay in the States, the pontiff will address the UN, hold Mass at two baseball stadiums and lead prayers at the site of the 9/11 attacks in New York.