Crowds Line Streets For Benedict

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Washington (AP) Thousands of people lined the streets of Washington to cheer as Pope Benedict and his motorcade passed by.

Benedict smiled and waved from his chair inside the glass-walled, white Popemobile.

Crowds began arriving hours before the procession, standing in some places 15 to 20 deep. Office workers watched from windows, while others stood on benches, newspaper stands and building scaffolds to get a better look.

One spectator from New Jersey said he was there to show that the Catholic Church “is still alive.” he said Catholics are still hopeful, both for the Pope and for America.

Benedict met with President Bush at the White House in the morning. Later, he'll hold a private prayer service with about 300 bishops.