President Obama and the First Lady will welcome His Holiness Pope Francis to the White House on Wednesday, September 23 during his first trip to the United States. During the visit, the President and the Pope will continue the dialogue that began during the President’s visit to the Vatican in March 2014, when they discussed their shared values and commitments on a wide range of issues.
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For up-to-date information about road closures and security announcements for Washington, D.C., New York, and Philadelphia, please visit www.secretservice.gov/events/pope/.
Tuesday, September 22, 2015
Pope Francis arrives in D.C. at Joint Base Andrews.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015
White House Arrival Ceremony and personal meeting with President Obama (watch it live here at WH.gov/popevisit).
The White House Arrival Ceremony is not open to the public. Guests must have a ticket to attend.
Following the Pope’s meeting with the President, he will tour the Ellipse and parts of the National Mall.
There are no tickets required for the papal parade, but security around the secure area will be strict. Gates will open at 4 a.m. and close promptly at 10 a.m. after which no one will be allowed in the secure area. For more information on the parade route and access, visit the Archdiocese of Washington’s website here.
There will be four entrances to the parade viewing area, including:
- East of the Ellipse on Constitution Avenue
- West of the Ellipse on Constitution Avenue
- East of the Washington Monument near Jefferson Drive and 15th Streets NW
- West of the Washington Monument near 17th Street NW
Midday Prayer with U.S. bishops at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral in D.C.
This event will be closed to the public
Junipero Serra Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Tickets to the Mass will be distributed through local parishes. The Catholic University Campus will be closed to members of the public during the Mass.
Thursday, September 24, 2015
Speech to the Senate and House of Representatives (Joint Session of Congress). The speech will be broadcast live on jumbotrons on the West Lawn of the Capitol.
Visit to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
After his visit to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington, the Pope will travel to New York.
Departure for New York from Joint Base Andrews (D.C.)
Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport (New York)
Evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral (New York)
Friday, September 25, 2015
Address to United Nations General Assembly
Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center
Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem
Papal motorcade through Central Park
Madison Square Garden Mass
Saturday, September 26, 2015
On the morning of Saturday, September 26 to the Pope will travel from New York to Philadelphia, the final stop on his trip to the United States.
Departure for Philadelphia from John F. Kennedy International Airport
Arrival in Atlantic Aviation hangar at Philadelphia International Airport Philadelphia
Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
Visit to Independence Mall
Visit to Festival of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Prayer Vigil with World Meeting of Families.
Access to certain areas of the parkway will require tickets, but tickets are not necessary to attend this day’s events. Forty jumbotrons, located down the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and other locations in the city, will show the events live, including the public coverage of Pope Francis. For more information about attending this event, visit their website here.
Sunday, September 27, 2015
Papal meeting with Bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary.
Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. This event will be closed to the public.
Papal Mass for World Meeting of Families
Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families at Atlantic Aviation.
Departure for return to Rome.