If you’re going to talk the talk, you’ve got to walk the walk.

Pope Francis walked on U.S. soil for the first time Tuesday, at the age of 78, when he arrived in Washington D.C. from Cuba.

After a brief private meeting with President Obama in a VIP suite, the pope climbed into a black Fiat hatchback car with the number plate SCV 1, which was much smaller than the limousine foreign visitors normally take in Washington – in keeping with his rejection of much of the pageantry that accompanies the papacy and his desire to live a humble life.

Francis will also pass on lunch with politicians after addressing Congress and will dine instead with homeless people in Washington.

The humility with which which Francis has lived his faith is key to his popularity in the United States.

It’s wonderful to see the Pope living the same way he says everyone else should live.

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