PHOTOS: Crowds Gather for Glimpse of Pope Francis

Hundreds of people were up before dawn Wednesday, lining up along the White House Ellipse and gathering outside the Vatican embassy, hoping to see Pope Francis on his busiest day in D.C.

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Maurine Suarez cries tears of joy as he takes a selfie with the pope on September 23, 2015.
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Tahana Augustin singing with her chorus for Pope Francis at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on September 23, 2015.
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Senator Mitch McConnell meets Pope Francis at the State Capitol on September 23, 2015.
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The people's pope (Pope Francis) with parishioners St. Patrick's Catholic Church
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Pope Francis (C) addresses the crowd from the Speaker's Balcony at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, DC on September 24, 2015.
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Pope Francis (C) in front of a sculpture of Spanish-born Junipero Serra, the Franciscan Friar at the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2015.
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Pope Francis (C) in Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol on September 24, 2015.
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Gina Baldini who was invited to the Vatican Embassy by the special needs ministry of the archdiocese of Washington gets a hug from Pope Francis.
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Crowds at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception pray during the Papal Mass.
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Sofi Cruz, the 5-year-old Los Angeles girl who gave Pope Francis a shirt (like the one she is sporting) while he blessed her during the parade in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2015.
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Bishops gathering for the mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception on September 23, 2015.
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Pope Francis waves from his Popemobile as he travels down Constitution Avenue in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015.
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A birds-eye view of Pope Francis from the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.
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Pope Francis waves from the steps of the Vatican Embassy September 23, 2015.
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Pope Francis rides the parade route on September 23, 2015.
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Pope Francis kisses the head of a young boy on September 23, 2015.
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A priest poses for the camera on September 23, 2015.
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Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his parade in Washington D.C. on September 23, 2015.
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Pope Francis waves to the crowd during his parade on September 23, 2015.
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An attendee holds up a flag on Wednesday, September 23.
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Preparations ahead of Pope Francis' arrival on September 23, 2015.
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Students singing while waiting for Pope Francis to arrive on September 23, 2015.
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Hundreds of people were up before dawn Wednesday, lining up along the White House Ellipse and gathering outside the Vatican embassy, hoping to see Pope Francis on his busiest day in D.C.
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Eileen and Nancy Newell traveled from Detroit in hopes of seeing Pope Francis. Eileen Newell said what she likes about the pope is "the inspiration that he is, the fact that he gives a practical approach to living out your faith."
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Crowds were in place will before the sun rose over the Nunciature, where Pope Francis is staying during his visit to D.C.
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Garbage cans near the Ellipse were already overflowing with coffee cups by sunrise.
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Garbage cans near the Ellipse were already overflowing with coffee cups by sunrise.
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Maria Z. and her daughter from Temple Hills said they were excited to see Pope Francis.
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Students lined up in front of the Apostolic Nunciature early Wednesday, hoping for a glimpse of the pope.
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Outside the Basilica on Wednesday afternoon.
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Adam Tuss
Good morning -- this is the ticketed entrance to south lawn of White House, 15th and Penn. 15k expected.
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Looks like the evening rush down here around the Ellipse and White House not 5:50 am @nbcwashington Looks like the evening rush down here around the Ellipse and White House not 5:50 am @nbcwashington #PopeInDC http://t.co/w0NBLtkkq2
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#SecretService sweeps the #Basillica @nbcwashington #PontiffDC http://t.co/4JpnIvP1jW #SecretService sweeps the #Basillica @nbcwashington #PontiffDC http://t.co/4JpnIvP1jW
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#PopeInDC photo Feel free to use:
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Prepping for #PopeFrancis at the #Basillica. My live report at 6:40. @nbcwashington http://t.co/qJv2 Prepping for #PopeFrancis at the #Basillica. My live report at 6:40. @nbcwashington http://t.co/qJv2wTKQ2u
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NBC photog Beth Brown putting in work for us this morning on Pope coverage. She rocks @nbcwashingto NBC photog Beth Brown putting in work for us this morning on Pope coverage. She rocks @nbcwashington #PopeInDc http://t.co/sFXPtz6jN6
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Hannah Allen
White House lawn - pope arrival ceremony Nbc retweeted me asking for pictures - I just took these! Hannah Allen
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White House lawn - pope arrival ceremony Nbc retweeted me asking for pictures - I just took these! Hannah Allen
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Picture Credit: Jonathan Lewis, Archdiocese of Washington Young Adult Ministry
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GWU Catholics waiting for the parade.
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Tisha Thompson, News4
There's more security at Washington Monument for #PopeInDc than when I was here for the inauguration.
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Sunrise at the security gate for #PopeInDC
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Security gate on 15th Street NW @nbcwashington #PopeinDC http://t.co/odFuYL1tiN
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Valerie Booth
@nbcwashington, we travelled from Houston to see the #popeindc
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2:30am wake up call to see @Pontifex #PopeInDC
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75+ George Washington University students waiting for the pope's parade.
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75+ George Washington University students waiting for the pope's parade.
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75+ George Washington University students waiting for the pope's parade.
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75+ George Washington University students waiting for the pope's parade.
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75+ George Washington University students waiting for the pope's parade.
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The mall around the Washington Monument looks like a military base.
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He came from Illinois to sell these flags -- but security is taking away the wooden sticks.
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"From Baltimore, we give our welcome to #PopeFrancis." Maria Lou & family from Mexico
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Men and women in uniform from different branches.
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75+ students from our Lady of Lourdes in Bethesda (I'm a nursery school alum) are here for #PopeInDC
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Media stuck waiting to get into @MarysShrine http://t.co/RpS2iOKg2F
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