Pope Francis U.S. Visit: Here’s What We Know So Far
Pope Francis will arrive at Joint Base Andrews in Washington D.C. on Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. The White House will welcome him in a ceremony the next day and a personal meeting with President Barack Obama will take place afterwards.
People will have the opportunity to see the pope during the Papal Parade along the ellipse and the National Mall by 11 a.m. the same day. There will be a midday prayer with U.S. bishops at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral by 11:30 a.m. Pope Francis will then celebrate Junipero Serra Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Concepcion by 4:15 p.m.
On Sept. 24, at about 9:20 a.m., Pope Francis will give remarks to the Senate and House of Representatives. He will then grace West Front Capitol with a short visit after his speech at Congress.
Poe Francis will then depart at 4 p.m. for New York with an estimated time of arrival on 5 p.m. at JFK International Airport.
While in Washington, Pope Francis will sleep in the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the U.S. on Massachusetts Avenue NW, The Washington Post reported. Baker Leslie Poyourow describe the place as being “modest.”
“I’ve been to the Vatican, and this was the exact opposite. Understated, I would say,” Poyourow said as quoted by The Post. The baker had the opportunity to see the room when he delivered a cake during Pope Benedict XVI’s visit in 2008.
Pope Francis will jumpstart his visit to New York with an evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral upon arrival on Sept. 24. On the next day, he will attend the United Nations General-Assembly where the Vatican flag and the Palestinian State Flag will be mounted for the first time.
By 11:30 a.m. the same day, Pope Francis will head a multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center. He will then visit the Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem by 4 p.m. Afterwards, the Pope will have a motorcade through Central Park. By 6 p.m. he will celebrate a mass at Madison Square Garden Mass.
While in New York, Pope Francis will sleep at the papal nuncio’s residence on East East 72th Street near Fifth Avenue, The Washington Post reported. The Post described the house as neo-Renaissance in style. It was a home to a 19th century New York mayor but underwent renovation for Pope’s visit.
On Sept. 26 , at 8:40 a.m., Poe Francis will depart for Philadelphia from JFK International Airport. He will arrive in Atlantic Aviation hangar at Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia and will celebrate mass at Cathedral basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. He will then visit the Independence Mall by 4:45 p.m. and the Festival of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway at 7:30 p.m.. He will lead the Prayer Vigil with World Meeting of Families.
On Sept. 27, Pope Francis will meet with Bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. By 11 a.m., he will visit the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. He will then celebrate a mass for World Meeting of Families at 4 p.m. and will visit organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families at Atlantic Aviation at 7 p.m. He will then depart for Rome by 8 p.m.
While in Philadelphia, Pope Francis will sleep at the local archbishop. Ted Resnick, a carpet dealer, said the room reserved for the Pope was “very clean, extremely clean.”
“It wasn’t ostentatious, really, but it was very clean,” Resnick told The Washington Post.