HUNTSVILLE, AL (WAFF) - Tuesday was the first time Pope Francis has ever been to the United States and he got quiet the welcome.
The whole presidential family was waiting to greet him, as well as thousands of supporters. During the next 6 days, Pope Francis will visit three different cities and participate in a lot of historic firsts for the country.
Pope Francis will become the first Pope to address a joint meeting of Congress Thursday. He will also speak at the United Nations in New York and take part in a Vatican sponsored conference on the family in Philadelphia.
Pope Francis recently made headlines by allowing Roman Catholic priests to absolve women who have had abortions if they seek forgiveness during the upcoming Holy Year of Mercy.
The Pope also recently announced Catholic Churches should open their doors to divorced Catholics. One Huntsville family is traveling to Philadelphia to attend Mass with the Pope and they say the country needs the Pope now more than ever.
"I think he stands out just because he's standing out in a time when we really need acceptance," Sharon Glenn said. "He preaches the gospel. And that's all he does so it aggravates me when people say he does this or that politically when it's not that, he's teaching the gospel."
SLIDESHOW: Pope Francis visits the US
During his visit, the Pope is expected to address helping the poor as well as saving the environment.
He is also expected to ask Americans to accept immigr ants with open arms. He told reporters Tuesday these are not political ideas, but ideas expressed in the Bible.
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