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Pope Francis to be honored at White House

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(NBC News) - Pope Francis is starting the first full day of his American tour with a historic visit to the White House.

President Barack Obama and the first lady will honor Francis in a ceremony on the South Lawn, scheduled to begin at 9 a.m. ET.

It's the start of a full day for the pope that also includes two parades, a midday prayer with Catholic bishops at St. Matthew's Cathedral and the controversial canonization of an 18th century missionary.

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Francis touched down outside Washington on Tuesday afternoon and was greeted by the first family on the tarmac.

Aboard the papal plane from Cuba, Francis told reporters that his teachings on social issues are in lockstep with Catholic doctrine. He acknowledged that he is seen by some as a leftist.

Francis will address Congress on Thursday and the United Nations on Friday, then travel to Philadelphia to complete his six-day tour.

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