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 the 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.
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.
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.