Pope Francis is being driven to the United Nations General Assembly hall in an electric cart, past several dozen children singing a song and U.N. staffers cheering and shouting. Sitting next to Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, he waved and smiled as someone in the crowd shouted: “Holy Father, holy Father — father to all. Thank you. Thank you.”
Francis is at the U.N. for a speech that will bring his message to an international audience.
Earlier, Francis addressed 400 staff members chosen by lottery.
He called them “the backbone” of the U.N. and urged them to send his greetings to staffers who lost the lottery.