A history of papal visits to the United States

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NEW YORK – Pope Francis will be visiting New York City from Sept. 24-28 and will hold services at the 9/11 memorial, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and mass at Madison Square Garden among other places.

Pope Francis will begin his 2015 trip to the United States on September 22 in Washington D.C., arriving at Joint Base Andrews.  The next day, Wednesday, he’ll meet with President Obama at the White House before leading prayer at St. Matthew’s Cathedral.  That afternoon, Pope Francis will visit the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where he will hold the first ever U.S. canonization mass.  On Thursday, he will make the first-ever papal visit to Congress before stopping by the National Mall and St. Patrick’s Catholic Church.

That afternoon, Pope Francis will board a flight for New York City, where he will lead an evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.  On Friday, September 25, Pope Francis will visit the United Nations General Assembly, the 9/11 Memorial Museum, Our lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, Central Park and Madison Square Garden.  On Saturday, the pontiff will catch an 8:40 a.m. flight to Philadelphia, where he well hold mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, visit Independence Mall and the Festival of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

On Sunday, September 27, the pope will meet with bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, visit Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility and hold mass with the World Meeting of Families.

This will be the latest in a history of papal visits to the United States, dating back to 1965 when Pope Paul VI visited New York City.  Pope Paul VI was so well-traveled he became known as the “Pilgrim Pope.”  Pope Paul VI spent 14 hours in the city, giving a mass at Yankee Stadium, addressing the United Nations General Assembly and meeting President Lyndon Johnson.