(ABC NEWS) President Obama met Pope Francis at the Vatican on Thursday.
In his first official visit, which began at 10:27 a.m. in Rome, the president and the pope met for about 50 minutes -- longer than many had expected -- before bringing in the rest of the U.S. delegation, including Secretary of State John Kerry, National Security Advisor Susan Rice, and Press Secretary Jay Carney. One by one, the ten members of the delegation were introduced to the pope.
President Obama made the slow, formal procession to greet the Pope in the ornate Small Throne Room outside the Papal Library.
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