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Chicagoans listen to Pope Francis at White House

Chicagoans listen to Pope Francis at White House

Monsignor Mike Boland wishes Chicago was on the itinerary for Pope Francis' U.S. tour, but it wasn't.

So Boland and other Chicagoans journeyed to the Washington on Wednesday to greet the pope at a White House spectacle marked by trumpets, a gospel choir and the national anthems of the U.S. and the Holy See.

Boland, 58, president of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago, was among 11,000 guests who listened as President Barack Obama started things off by saying: "What a beautiful day the Lord has made!"

In keeping with the 78-year-old pope's affinity for the poor, not all of those invited were high-echelon figures from the government and clergy....