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Pope Francis’ arrival in Sri Lanka in photos

/ 02:57 PM January 13, 2015

COLOMBO — Pope Francis has arrived safely in Sri Lanka for the first leg of a weeklong trip to Asia that will also include the Philippines.

Take a look at the photos of his arrival in Colombo:

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Pope Francis waves to people waiting on a road to welcome him on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without pursuing truth for the injustices committed. AP

Pope Francis waves to people waiting on a road to welcome him on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can’t fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without pursuing truth for the injustices committed. AP

A Sri Lankan Catholic holds a portrait of Pope Francis and awaits his arrival, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesday, with the island nation's Catholic minority hoping he can help heal the lingering wounds of the country's 25-year civil war. Catholics make up slightly more than 6 percent of Sri Lanka's population of 21 million, according to the government. AP

A Sri Lankan Catholic holds a portrait of Pope Francis and awaits his arrival, on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesday, with the island nation’s Catholic minority hoping he can help heal the lingering wounds of the country’s 25-year civil war. Catholics make up slightly more than 6 percent of Sri Lanka’s population of 21 million, according to the government. AP

Pope Francis walks down an airstair upon arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis has arrived safely in Sri Lanka for the first leg of a weeklong trip to Asia, received at the airport by newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. AP

Pope Francis walks down an airstair upon arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis has arrived safely in Sri Lanka for the first leg of a weeklong trip to Asia, received at the airport by newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. AP

Pope Francis walks upon arrival as colorful Sri Lankan dancers perform in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis has arrived safely in Sri Lanka for the first leg of a weeklong trip to Asia, received at the airport by newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. AP

Pope Francis walks upon arrival as colorful Sri Lankan dancers perform in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis has arrived safely in Sri Lanka for the first leg of a weeklong trip to Asia, received at the airport by newly elected President Maithripala Sirisena and Cardinal Malcolm Ranjith. AP

Sri Lankan boys wait for the arrival of Pope Francis as policemen stand guard along the stretch of road on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesday, with the island nation's Catholic minority hoping he can help heal the lingering wounds of the country's 25-year civil war. Catholics make up slightly more than 6 percent of Sri Lanka's population of 21 million, according to the government. AP

Sri Lankan boys wait for the arrival of Pope Francis as policemen stand guard along the stretch of road on the outskirts of Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Less than a week after its longtime president was surprisingly voted out of office, Sri Lanka welcomes Pope Francis on Tuesday, with the island nation’s Catholic minority hoping he can help heal the lingering wounds of the country’s 25-year civil war. Catholics make up slightly more than 6 percent of Sri Lanka’s population of 21 million, according to the government. AP

A cameramen films elephants as Pope Francis arrives at Colombo's International airport, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.  AP

A cameramen films elephants as Pope Francis arrives at Colombo’s International airport, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. AP

A gust of wind blows the white pellegrina of Pope Francis over his face as he addresses the gathering from the tarmac of the airport upon arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can't fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without pursuing truth for the injustices committed. Francis, 78, delivered the speech on the tarmac of Colombo's international airport, where he was welcomed under sunny skies by Sri Lanka's new president, Maithripala Sirisena, who was sworn in Friday after a major electoral upset. AP

A gust of wind blows the white pellegrina of Pope Francis over his face as he addresses the gathering from the tarmac of the airport upon arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. Pope Francis arrived in Sri Lanka Tuesday at the start of a weeklong Asian tour saying the island nation can’t fully heal from a quarter-century of ethnic civil war without pursuing truth for the injustices committed. Francis, 78, delivered the speech on the tarmac of Colombo’s international airport, where he was welcomed under sunny skies by Sri Lanka’s new president, Maithripala Sirisena, who was sworn in Friday after a major electoral upset. AP

Pope Francis, left,  and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, second left, listen to the national anthems during the welcome ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.  AP

Pope Francis, left, and Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, second left, listen to the national anthems during the welcome ceremony in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. AP

Pope Francis is received by colorful Sri Lankan dancers upon arrival at Colombo's International airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. AP

Pope Francis is received by colorful Sri Lankan dancers upon arrival at Colombo’s International airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. AP

Pope Francis waves to people waiting on the road after crossing a row of decorated elephants standing to welcome him in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.  AP

Pope Francis waves to people waiting on the road after crossing a row of decorated elephants standing to welcome him in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. AP

Pope Francis meets reporters en-route to Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, as he commence his Asian tour, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. AP

Pope Francis meets reporters en-route to Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, as he commence his Asian tour, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. AP

Pope Francis stands on the tarmac of the airport upon arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.  AP

Pope Francis stands on the tarmac of the airport upon arrival in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. AP

Pope Francis speaks to reporters en-route to Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, as he commence his Asian tour, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015.  AP

Pope Francis speaks to reporters en-route to Colombo, Sri Lanka, Monday, as he commence his Asian tour, Monday, Jan. 12, 2015. AP

Pope Francis writes in a book with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, right, standing beside him at the airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015.  AP

Pope Francis writes in a book with Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, right, standing beside him at the airport in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. AP

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