You may have heard that Pope Francis is visiting Cuba and the U.S. this month. His Holiness arrives in Havana on September 19, and lands in Washington, D.C. on September 22. The highlight of his trip to America will be the Papal Mass concluding the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia on September 27.
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Shipping on As Seen on TV products is not always swift, so order your Pope Francis Visitation Cross now if you want to be wearing it when you see him later this month. Here’s the current schedule for the U.S. papal visit.
Pope Francis U.S. schedule
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
Official welcoming ceremony at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
Welcoming ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House
Meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America at St Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Fr. Junipero Serra at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C.
Thursday, 24 September 2015
Visit to the Congress of the United States of America
Visit to the Charitable Center of St. Patrick Parish and meeting with the homeless in Washington, D.C.
Departure by plane for New York
Arrival at JFK Airport in New York
Vespers with the Clergy, Men and Women Religious at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York
Friday, 25 September 2015
Visit to the Headquarters of the United Nations
Interreligious encounter at the Ground Zero memorial in New York
Visit to “Our Lady, Queen of the Angels” School and meeting with children and families of migrants in New York (Harlem)
Holy Mass at the Madison Square Garden in New York
Saturday, 26 September 2015
Departure by plane for Philadelphia
Arrival at the International Airport of Philadelphia
Holy Mass with the Bishops, Clergy, Men and Women Religious of Pennsylvania gathered at the Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul in Philadelphia
Meeting for Religious Freedom with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia
Celebration for families and vigil of prayer at the B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
Sunday, 27 September 2015
Meeting with bishops taking part in the World Meeting of Families gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia
Visit to detainees at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia
Holy Mass concluding the World Meeting of Families at B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
Greeting to the organizing committee, volunteers and benefactors at the International Airport of Philadelphia
Departure by plane from Philadelphia for Rome/Ciampino