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Pope Francis' security effort gets first test in Washington

Pope Francis waves from his popemobile in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Pope Francis left Cuba on Tuesday for his first trip to the U.S., wrapping up a four-day visit to the island with an appeal to the people to rediscover...
Pope Francis waves from his popemobile in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba, Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. Pope Francis left Cuba on Tuesday for his first trip to the U.S., wrapping up a four-day visit to the island with an appeal to the people to rediscover... (Copyright by WSLS - All rights reserved)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The massive security apparatus protecting Pope Francis on his historic, six-day trip to the United States has gotten its first test.

During a brief parade Wednesday after a White House reception, a 5-year-old girl was able to make her way through a security barrier and onto the pope's route. After a quick moment with a pair of security agents, the girl was whisked to Francis' modified, open-air Jeep popemobile, where the pope gave her a hug and kiss.

Security efforts surrounding the pontiff in the United States are a far cry from the free-wheeling motorcade routes of many of his past pilgrimages. Here, nearly every move has been pre-planned. And for the first time, tickets are being required for most of Francis' popemobile processions.

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