Monday, Sep 28, 2015

PapalVisitLogoPope Francis just completed a triumphant visit to the United States, stopping in Washington, D.C., New York City and Philadelphia from Sept. 23-27.

The text of all speeches and homilies can be found here. Video of all events, including arrivals, departures and motorcades, can be found here. Pope Francis stuck to the script while in D.C, but started to speak "off-the-cuff" while visiting Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem and after.

While in D.C., the pope on Wed., Sept. 23 met with President Barack Obama, addressing about 20,000 people gathered on the White House lawn. He then conducted a mid-day prayer service at St. Matthew's Cathedral with all of the U.S. bishops. To close out the day, he celebrated a late-afternoon Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

On Thurs., Sept. 24, Pope Francis addressed a joint session of the U.S. Congress, visited St. Patrick's Church, and then met with clients of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington.

The pope left D.C. on Thursday, flying to New York City for vespers (evening prayers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

He was up bright and early on Friday, Sept. 25 to give a speech to the United Nations General Assembly before leading a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum at the World Trade Center. He then visited Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem, and ended the day by celebrating Mass at Madison Square Garden.

Pope Francis flew to Philadelphia on early Saturday morning, the 26th, where he celebrated Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. He spoke about religious freedom at Independence Mall, and capped off the day by enjoying the Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

On Sun., Sept. 27, the pope met with several survivors of sex abuse before greeting bishops attending the World Meeting of Families (WMF) at St. Martin's Chapel in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. He later met with inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility, and then celebrated Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Before leaving for Rome, he visited with WMF organizers, volunteers and benefactors.