The Vatican announced the confirmed schedule for Pope Francis’ apostolic visit to the United States this September, which includes stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. Details of the Holy Father’s visit to Washington, D.C. are below.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015:
- Pope Francis will begin his pastoral visit to the United States with his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in the afternoon.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015:
- Welcoming ceremony at the White House followed by a private meeting with President Obama.
- After meeting with President Obama at the White House, Pope Francis will drive a parade route between the Ellipse and a portion of the National Mall in the popemobile. (Click here for information on the parade route and other free events.)
- Mid-day prayer with the bishops of the United States at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle.
- Mass in the afternoon on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the University Mall at The Catholic University of America. During the Mass, the pope will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra. (Click here for travel information and a listing of prohibited items.)
Thursday, September 24, 2015:
- Address joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the morning.
- Visit St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. and meet with several clients of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington in late morning.
- Blessing and brief remarks to the clients gathered at lunchtime for the St. Maria Meals Program of the Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington.
- Depart for New York City from Andrews Air Force Base.
Q: Can I attend the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junipero Serra?
A: Due to the small venue and required security at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the grounds of The Catholic University of America, seating and standing room at the Mass is very limited. You will need to have a ticket to attend the Mass. A number of tickets, free of charge, will be allocated to each parish in the Archdiocese of Washington. Each pastor determines the method of ticket distribution at his parish.
Tickets for the Mass are not available to those living outside of the Archdiocese of Washington. The Holy Father’s visit to Philadelphia will afford you the greatest opportunity to see him. Visit the World Meeting of Families at www.worldmeeting2015.org for more information.
Q: If I travel to Washington or come to the National Shrine on September 23rd, will I be able to see the Holy Father?
A: You will not be able to attend the Canonization Mass without a ticket. There will be no parking available at the site, and all roads in the immediate vicinity will be closed.
Q: I will be attending the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junipero Serra, how can I there and what items are prohibited?
A: Click here for travel information and to find a complete list of prohibited items.
Q: Will there be other opportunities for me to see the Holy Father?
A: The Archdiocese of Washington has announced a new opportunity to see Pope Francis that is free and open to the public. On Wednesday morning, September 23rd, Pope Francis will take part in a parade near the White House Ellipse. You are also invited to participate in early morning Masses in the area before the parade and watch the Canonization Mass of Blessed Junípero Serra after the Parade on a jumbotron on the National Mall. Click here to learn more.
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