Pope Francis will be making his first U.S. visit this week, kicking off with his arrival from Cuba on Sept. 22. The Pope has appearances scheduled for Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia over the coming days.
Schedule of events
Sept. 19-22: Pope Francis arrives in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 3 p.m. CST.
Wednesday, Sept. 23:
8:15 a.m.: Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House.
10 a.m.: Papal Parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall
10:30 a.m.: Midday prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew’s Cathedral.
3:15 p.m.: Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Thursday, Sept. 24
8:20 a.m.: Address to joint session of Congress. The Pope is the first Roman Catholic leader to address Congress. You can watch live here.
10:15 a.m.: Visit to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C.
4 p.m.: Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York.
5:45 p.m.: Evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC.
Friday, Sept. 25
7:30 a.m.: Visit to the United Nations and address to the United Nations General Assembly. U.N. says the pope also will meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki during his visit.
10:30 a.m.: Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
3 p.m.: Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
4 p.m.: Procession through Central Park
5 p.m.: Mass at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, Sept. 26
9:30 a.m.: Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.
3:45 p.m.: Visit to Independence Mall
6:30 p.m.: Visit to the Festival of Families
Sunday, Sept. 27
8:15 a.m.: Meeting with bishops, cardinals and seminarians at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
10 a.m.: Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
3 p.m.: Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families
6 p.m.: Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
7 p.m. Departure for Rome.
Seeing the Papal events
People will be pouring in to Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia for a chance to see the Pope but those at home will have an opportunity, too.
How you can watch the Pope
- Time Warner Cable is adding a special 24-hour “Papal Visit Channel” from Sept. 20-27. It will be on Channel 199 nationwide. https://www.timewarnercable.com/en/about-us/press/twc-to-launch-special-papal-visit-channel-ks-ne-wi.html
- Alabama-based Cable channel EWTN will carry live stream coverage as well as radio coverage.
- Major cable news networks will broadcast major events of the Pope’s visit.
- Video on demand for many events is available here.
- Time Warner’s Papal Visit Channel will stream online atTWCNews.com/papalvisit and on the Time Warner News app (iTunes andGoogle Play). Online and app access require Time Warner IDs.
- The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will live stream all events onusccb.org.
The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops will be updating with information and photos from the Pope’s visit on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and more. You can see all those channels here.
First U.S. Canonization
Pope Francis will be leading the canonization service for Father Junipero Serra, the first such mass ever held in the U.S. The ceremony will be held Sept. 23 the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the nation’s largest Catholic church.
Serra, a Spanish native who was sent to California in 1769 to spread the gospel, died in 1784. He is buried at Mission San Carlos Borromeo in Carmel. His sainthood has been protested by Native Americans due to his treatment of Indian populations in California.
Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress Thursday at 8:20 a.m. The address is not without controversy among Republicans, who disagree with the Pope on issues such as global warming and immigration.
Arizona Republican Rep. Paul Gosar, a Catholic, already said he plans to skip the debate.