Pope Francis schedule for U.S. trip released: D.C., New York City, Philadelphia

Pope Francis Will Hold Mass in D.C., New York, Philadelphia During September Visit

Pope Francis Will Hold Mass in D.C., New York, Philadelphia During September Visit

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June 30 2015 10:23 AM

Pope Francis Will Hold Mass in D.C., New York, Philadelphia During September Visit

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Pope Francis at the window of the Apostolic Palace in Vatican City on Monday.

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The Vatican has released a full itinerary for Pope Francis’ Sept. 23–27 trip to the United States, during which the popular pontiff will celebrate Mass in three East Coast cities. The highlights:

  • Sept. 23: Mass at the Basilicia of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in D.C.
  • Sept. 24: address to Congress.
  • Sept. 25: address to the United Nations, “multi-religious service” at 9/11 memorial, Mass at Madison Square Garden.
  • Sept. 26 and 27: Mass and appearances at the World Meeting of Families, a triennial Catholic event being held this year in Philadelphia.
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A recent Pew survey found that 64 percent of all Americans and 86 percent of American Catholics held favorable views of the pope. He’ll also visit an East Harlem school and a Pennsylvania prison during his trip.

Francis will arrive in the U.S. via Cuba; it’ll be his first trip to the island. In 1998, John Paul II became the first pope to visit Cuba since Castro’s rise to power, and Pope Benedict XVI visited in 2012.