The Pope’s Visit – Itinerary

The Holy Father is coming to America – tomorrow! He will be in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. I am sure there will be coverage on all the major networks, but EWTN will have the most comprehensive, and continual, coverage, along with interesting tidbits of past papal visits.

Pope Francis Visit to U.S.

In case you are interested, here is the outline of the major events, courtesy of my parish’s pastor, who posted it in this week’s bulletin:

Tuesday, September 22

  • 4:00 – Arrives in Washington, DC

Wednesday, September 23

  • 9:15am – Welcome Ceremony at the White House
  • 11:00am – Papal parade along the National Mall
  • 11:30am – Midday Prayer with the Bishops of the United States at St. Matthew’s Cathedral
  • 4:15pm – Mass of the Canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra at Catholic University

Thursday, September 24

  • 9:20am – Address to Joint Meeting of the US Congress
  • 11:15am – Visit to St. Patrick’s Parish and Catholic Charities
  • 4:00pm – Departs Andrews Air Force Base
  • 5:00pm – Arrival at JFK Airport, New York
  • 6:45pm – Evening Prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral

Friday, September 25, 2015

  • 8:30am – Visit to the United Nations and address to General Assembly
  • 11:30am – Prayer Service at the 9/11 Memoria and Museum
  • 4:00pm – Visit to Our lady Queen of Angels  Catholic School, Harlem
  • 5:00 – Procession through Central Park
  • 6:00 – Mass at Madison Square Garden

Saturday, September 26, 2015

  • 8:40am – Departure ceremony, JFK Airport
  • 9:30am – Arrival in Philadelphia
  • 10:30am – Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter & Paul
  • 4:45pm – Visit to Independence Hall
  • 7:30pm – Visit to the Festival of Families

Sunday, September 27, 2015

  • 9:15am – Meeting with US Bishops at St. Charles Seminary
  • 11:30am – Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
  • 4:00pm – Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
  • 8:00pm – Departure for Rome

I hope this outline will help you find time to watch at least some of the festivities. It is sure to be a time of great grace and blessing for our country. If you are one of the lucky ones who will be present live for any (and all) events, I hope you have a blessed experience and be safe.


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