We're excited by the schedule of Pope Francis’s September trip to the United States that was released early this morning. Though his trip will include visits among the powerful at the White House, in Congress, and at the United Nations, it’s his other stops that will highlight Francis’s hope to be the leader of “a poor Church for the poor.”  In his five-day trip to the United States, the pope will visit the homeless in Washington, immigrants in Harlem, and prisoners in Philadelphia.

We pray that his pastoral visit will confirm the American people in the great truth that Francis has communicated throughout his pontificate: that God never grows tired of loving us.

We hope that Francis uses this trip to advance his vision for a Church that is a “place of mercy and hope, where everyone is welcomed, loved and forgiven.”

We also hope his visit will compel our country's leaders to move past partisan divisions and work together to create a nation where families are strong and where everyone has a name, a face and a future. We join our prayers with Francis and "beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people and the lives of the poor!"

Overview of Itinerary

Tuesday, September 22

In a profound reminder of Pope Francis’s work in creating a diplomatic breakthrough between the United States and Cuba, Francis will fly into Andrews Airforce Base from directly from Havana, where he will have just completed a three day trip to the tiny island nation just 90 miles south of Florida.

Wednesday, September 23

Francis will begin his day with a visit to President Obama at the White House. There he will address thousands in an address on the South Lawn of the White House. Afterwards, he will have a meeting with American bishops and a hold a Mass at the National Basilica, where he will canonize Junipero Serra—a decision that has been meet with some controversy.

Thursday, September 24

In the morning, Francis will be the first pope to give a speech to a joint session of Congress where is he expected to lift up the plight of the excluded. Giving substance to that message, Francis will then visit a homeless ministry run by the local Catholic Charities at an Irish parish in downtown Washington. 

He will then depart for New York City, where he will have a prayer vigil at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

Friday, September 25

In the morning, Francis will give a speech to the United Nations, becoming the fourth pope to do so after Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI. The pope will then go to Ground Zero, where he will participate in an interfaith prayers service. In the afternoon, the pope will visit a Catholic school in Harlem that ministers particularly to Latino immigrant children. The pope will end the day with Mass in Madison Square Garden.

Saturday, September 26

Pope Francis’s final stop in the United States will be Philadelphia for the World Meeting of the Families. After a morning Mass, Pope Francis will give an address to the Hispanic and other immigrant communities on religious liberty at Independence Mall

Sunday, September 27 

After a morning meeting with the bishops, Pope Francis will visit detainees in a Philadelphia that came under controversy last year after a video emerged a guard beating a prisoner. The pope will end his trip with a Sunday Mass at the World Meeting of the Families and depart from Philadelphia that night for Rome.

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