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.
- 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:
- 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.
Visit the link below for a complete recap of Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to the United States.
The Office for Catechesis developed the following resources to help families, individuals, parish religious education programs and Catholic schools learn about the Holy Father, his mission, and the importance of this 2015 visit.
- Please Pray for Me – Coloring Sheet
- St. Junípero Serra – Facebook Page (Español)
- Coat of Arms Project (Español)