Pope Francis’ Schedule For First Visit To United States

Pope Francis' Schedule For First Visit To United States
Pope Francis will arrive in the United States on Tuesday following a trip to Cuba. He will visit the U.S. Congress in Washington D.C., the United Nations in New York City and Philadelphia's Independence Mall during his visit. File Photo by Stefano Spaziani/UPI | License Photo

WASHINGTON, Sept. 20 (UPI) — Pope Francis will begin his visit to the United States on Tuesday with stops in Washington D.C., New York City and Philadelphia.

Francis will arrive from Cuba to Maryland’s Joint Base Andrews airfield at about 4 p.m. Tuesday.

On Wednesday, he will be welcomed by President Barack Obama at the White House before the highly anticipated Papal Parade begins along Washington D.C.’s Ellipse and National Mall about 11 a.m., leading to a midday prayer with U.S. bishops at theĀ Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle.

On Thursday, the pope will address a joint meeting of Congress at 9:20 a.m. before visiting the St. Patrick Catholic Church and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington starting about 11 a.m.

The pope will then leave for New York City, where he will arrive at John F. Kennedy International Airport about 5 p.m. He will attend the evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 6:45 p.m.

On Friday, Francis will visit the United Nations starting at 8:30 a.m. before addressing the U.N. General Assembly. About 11:30 a.m., Francis will join a multi-religious service at the Sept. 11 Memorial and Museum at One World Trade Center.

Francis will head to East Harlem to visit the Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School about 4 p.m. before a grand procession through Central Park about 5 p.m. Evening mass will be celebrated at Madison Square Garden at 6 p.m.

Francis will arrive to Philadelphia about 9:30 a.m. Saturday and will attend mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul about 10:30 a.m. He will head toIndependence Mall about 4:45 p.m. before visiting the Festival of Families event of the World Meeting of Families at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway about 7:30 p.m.

On Sunday, the pope will meet bishops at the St. Martin’s Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary about 9:15 a.m. before visiting the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility at 11 a.m.

The pope will hold a mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families at 4 p.m. where he will later meet with event organizers, volunteers and benefactors before heading back to Rome.


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