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Pope Francis Visits the U.S.: Itinerary Includes 9/11 Memorial and Philadelphia Prison

by Erin McClam /  / Updated 

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Pope Francis has a packed itinerary for his visit to the United States this week — including a speech to Congress, a service at the Sept. 11 memorial, a Mass at Madison Square Garden and a visit to a Philadelphia prison.

Here is the pope’s schedule, according to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. All times Eastern:

Tuesday, Sept. 22: Washington

  • 4 p.m.: Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews.

Wednesday, Sept. 23: Washington

  • 9 a.m.: Meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House.
  • 10 a.m. (approx): Pope participates in parade around Ellipse outside White House.
  • 11:30 a.m.: Midday prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew's Cathedral.
  • 3:50-4 p.m.: Popemobile parade to Basilicia of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
  • 4:15 p.m.: Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilicia.

Thursday, Sept. 24: Washington and New York

  • 10-10:35 a.m.: Address to joint session of Congress.
  • 11:15 a.m.: Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.
  • 4 p.m.: Departure from Joint Base Andrews.
  • 5 p.m.: Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • 6-6:30 p.m.: Open motorcade on Fifth Avenue from 55th St. to St. Patrick's Cathedral.
  • 6:45 p.m.: Evening prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Friday, Sept. 25: New York

  • 8:30 a.m.: Arrives at the United Nations
  • 10:20-10:50 a.m.: Addresses the United Nations General Assembly
  • 11:30 a.m.-12:25 p.m.: Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center and Foundation Hall
  • 4 p.m.: Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem.
  • 5:15 p.m.: Open motorcade down West Drive, Central Park
  • 6 p.m.: Mass at Madison Square Garden.

Saturday, Sept. 26: New York and Philadelphia

  • 8:40 a.m.: Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport.
  • 9:30 a.m.: Arrival at Atlantic Aviation.
  • 10:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.: Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul.
  • 4:05 p.m.-5 p.m.: Visit to Independence Hall.
  • 8 p.m.: Visit to the Festival of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Pope's remarks expected before 9 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 27: Philadelphia

  • 9:15 a.m.: Meeting with bishops at St. Martin's Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
  • 11 a.m.: Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
  • 3:25 p.m.: Begins open motorcade along Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
  • 4-6:15 p.m.: Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
  • 7 p.m.: Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, meets with Vice President Joe Biden and family, Atlantic Aviation.
  • 8 p.m.: Departure for Rome.

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