Pope arrives at US Capitol ahead of speech to Congress

Pope Francis arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday ahead of his historic speech to US lawmakers, the first time the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has addressed a joint meeting of Congress.

Washington: Pope Francis arrived on Capitol Hill Thursday ahead of his historic speech to US lawmakers, the first time the leader of the Roman Catholic Church has addressed a joint meeting of Congress.

The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff was greeted by Republican House Speaker John Boehner, who is Catholic. Thousands of people gathered on the West Lawn of the Capitol in the hopes of catching a glimpse of Francis after the speech.

"Your Holiness, welcome," Boehner said.

Vice President Joe Biden, cabinet members and Supreme Court Justices were also in attendance for the highly-anticipated speech.