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Months of planning have led to this moment -- Wednesday's official arrival ceremony for Pope Benedict XVI's first visit to the United States in his three years as head of the Roman Catholic Church.

"The White House staff, across the board, we are all very excited," said White House Press Secretary Dana Perino, calling the visit "wonderful, historic."

President Bush and first lady Laura Bush, who greeted the pope Tuesday on his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base, will welcome the pontiff in an elaborate ceremony Wednesday morning on the South Lawn of the White House. Read full article »

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