Pope begins US visit: Pope Francis US Visit
Published: September 22, 2015
Pope begins US visit: Pope Francis US Visit, All eyes will be on Pope Francis as he makes his first U.S. visit. Francis will meet with dignitaries and hold several public events during his trip. Here’s what you need to know about the historic visit.
When and where will Pope Francis be during his U.S. visit?
Pope Francis will have a busy itinerary during his U.S. visit. Francis arrives Tuesday and departs Sunday. He will visit Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia during his five-day visit. A detailed itinerary is available for the pope’s U.S. visit.
What are some of the expected highlights during the pope’s visit?
Pope Francis will address a joint session of Congress, the first time a pope has addressed the governing body. Pope Francis will also visit the United Nations and address the General Assembly. The pope will speak at the Sept. 11 Memorial and celebrate Mass at Madison Square Garden. His itinerary includes visits to historic churches, schools and a jail. He will attend the World Meeting of Families on Sunday before returning to Rome.
What security measures are being taken during the pope’s visit?
Those attending public prayer sessions and masses should be prepared for a large security presence and many road closures. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security says there will be airspace restrictions and “airport-style” security screenings for the pope’s public appearances. Some events will require tickets and some will be restricted to local residents.
What messages will Pope Francis focus on during his U.S. visit?
Francis is expected to address climate change, a controversial issue among conservatives. The pope is likely to address issues surrounding the poor and may also touch upon immigration.
When is the last time a pope visited the U.S?
The last time a pope was in the U.S. was when Pope Benedict visited in April 2008.
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