Pope Francis begins his public appearances in the United Sates on Wednesday, Sept. 23. In the morning, there is a welcoming ceremony on the south lawn of the White House, followed by a meeting with President Barack Obama. At 11:30 am, he will give a speech to U.S. bishops in the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle. At 4:15 pm, Pope Francis celebrates Mass of Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Pope Francis will make a morning speech before a joint session of congress on Thursday, Sept. 24. Later, he will visit St. Patrick’s Church to meet with homeless people. That afternoon, he flies to New York City. At 6:45 pm, he will take part in a celebration of Vespers with priests, men and women religious in St. Patrick's Cathedral.
Friday, Sept. 25 begins with the pope visiting the United Nations at 8:30 am, where he will address the General Assembly. At 11:30 am, the Holy Father will go to Ground Zero for an interreligious meeting at the 9/11 Memorial. That afternoon, he visits Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School in East Harlem for a meeting with children and immigrant families. The pope will travel through Central Park beginning at 5 pm on his way to celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden beginning at 6 pm.
Pope Francis begins his visit to Philadelphia and participation in the World Meeting of Families Saturday, Sept. 26. At 10:30 am, he will celebrate Mass with Pennsylvania's bishops, priests, men and women religious at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. That afternoon, he takes part in a meeting for religious liberty with the Hispanic community and immigrants at Independence Mall. At 7:30 pm, the pope will make a speech at the Festival of Families and Prayer Vigil at Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The pope’s last day in the U.S. is Sunday, Sept. 27. He will meet with bishops taking part in the World Meeting of Families that morning at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Later, he visits prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. At 4 pm, Pope Francis celebrates the Closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. That evening, he will greet members of the organizing committee, volunteers and donors at Philadelphia's airport. This will be followed by a farewell ceremony before he departs for Rome.
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