2015 Papal Visit

In September 2015, Pope Francis made an apostolic visit to the United States, which included stops in Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia. He began his pastoral visit to the United States on September 22nd with his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base where he was greeted by students from Archdiocese of Washington Catholic Schools and young adult groups from across the archdiocese.

On Wednesday, September 23rd Pope Francis attended a welcoming ceremony at the White House followed by a private meeting with President Obama. The Archdiocese of Washington Gospel Choir sang for Pope Francis at the White House.

Other events on Wednesday included mid-day prayer with the bishops of the United States at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle and 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 canonized St. Junipero Serra.

Events on Thursday, September 24th included an address to a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress, a visit to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C., and a meeting with clients served by Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. There, Pope Francis blessed the clients gathered at lunchtime for the St. Maria Meals Program at Catholic Charities headquarters.