Washington readies for Pope Francis visit

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WASHINGTON -- While the Pope wraps up his Cuba visit, the U.S. is preparing to roll out the red carpet for the Pontiff.

His first stop is Washington D.C. Tuesday. It will be a historic visit to a town that is used to hosting dignitaries and world leaders.

The nation’s capital is so far, relatively quiet.

Barricades have gone up in a wide perimeter around the White House in anticipation of the Pope's stop here. 15,000 invitation holders will be on the South Lawn.  Those include White House guests, bishops, priests and members of Catholic charities who cater to the poor.

Traffic restrictions are in place for a papal parade along the National Mall.  Then he will visit to St Matthews Cathedral where landscapers were vigorously planting today new flowers for Francis.

The Holy Father will also visit the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where the First Saint will be canonized on U.S. soil.

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