Presidents and Popes: Historic Meetings

This week's historic visit is only the third time a pope has visited the White House, but many other presidents met with the Holy Father outside the White House through the years.

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National Archives
President Lyndon B. Johnson greets Pope Paul Vl at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City in 1965. (Photo: National Archives)
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National Archives
Jimmy Carter with Pope John Paul II. (Photo: National Archives)
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
President Reagan with Pope John Paul II in 1984. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
President Reagan meeting with Pope John Paul II in Fairbanks, Alaska, in 1984. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
President Reagan and Nancy Reagan talking to Pope John Paul II at the Vizcaya Museum in Miami in 1987. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
President Reagan talking to Pope John Paul II at the Vizcaya Museum in Miami, Florida in 1987. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)
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Ronald Reagan Presidential Library
President Reagan with Pope John Paul II at Fairbanks airport in Fairbanks, Alaska in 1984. (Photo: Ronald Reagan Presidential Library)
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The White House
Arrival of Pope Benedict XVI at the White House in 2008. (Photo: The White House)
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The White House
Pope Benedict XVI waves from the Popemobile as he passes the White House on Pennsylvania Avenue in 2008, following a welcoming ceremony in his honor on the South Lawn. (Photo: The White House)
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President Obama visited the Vatican to meet Pope Francis in March, 2014.
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President Obama visited the Vatican to meet Pope Francis in March, 2014.
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President Obama visited the Vatican to meet Pope Francis in March, 2014.
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The White House
President Barack Obama bids farewell to Pope Francis following their private audience in Vatican City, Italy, March 27, 2014. (Official White House Photo: Pete Souza)
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