Pope Francis, leader of the Catholic Church, is preparing for his six-day tour of the United States beginning on Tuesday, September 22 with stops planned in Washington, New York and Philadelphia. This will be Pope Francis’ first ever trip to the United States.
Upon arrival in Washington on Tuesday, Pope Francis will be greeted by the President and First Lady. President Barack Obama and the Pope will be meeting at the White House the following morning. Francis will hold the first-ever canonization mass on U.S. soil for 25,000 ticket holders at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception at 4:15pm on Wednesday. The United States Congress will welcome Pope Francis in a joint session before he heads to New York on Friday. When visiting St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Pope Francis will be blessing food for the homeless and poor for a catholic charity. The Pope will also be visiting St. Matthew’s Cathedral, and the Capitol Building while in Washington.
In New York, Pope Francis will give his address to the United Nationals General Assembly. Pope Francis will be leading a procession through Central Park, where about 80,00 tickets were awarded by the city in a lottery pick. A mass will be held in Madison Square Garden after the procession. He will also make stops at St. Patrick’s Cathedral, the 9/11 Memorial Museum and Our Lady Queen of Angels School.
Pope Francis will be meeting with the triennial World Meeting of Families while in Philadelphia on Saturday at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. This is largest meeting of Catholic families and is held every three years. The Pope can also been seen at Independence Mall, Atlantic Aviation, Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, and St. Martin’s Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. A mass will be held at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul on Saturday morning. Another mass will be held with the World Meeting of Families Sunday at 4pm. Pope Francis will depart back to Rome at 8pm on Sunday evening.
It is estimated that one-and-half million people will attend the Pope’s closing ceremonies in Philadelphia and tens of thousands of more visitors in each city. Pope Francis visit to the United States will be memorable and mark an important time in history.
Currently, Pope Francis is visiting Cuba.