- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 23, 2015

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) - The leader of Maine’s Roman Catholics is joining in welcoming Pope Francis to the U.S.

Bishop Robert Deeley says the interest in the pope’s visit shows that “despite the signs of the secular world turning away from faith, there is a search for meaning in the hearts of all.”

President Barack Obama and his wife and daughters on Tuesday welcomed Francis at Andrews Air Force Base after the pope’s chartered plane touched down from Cuba.

During his six-day, three-city visit to the U.S., the pope will meet with the president, address Congress, speak at the United Nations in New York and take part in a Vatican-sponsored conference on the family in Philadelphia.

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