NEW YORK (WABC) -- The schedule for Pope Francis' visit to the Northeast has been announced, with scheduled stops in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington D.C. in September.
"New York City will be excited and delighted to host Pope Francis during his visit to the United States this September," Mayor Bill de Blasio said in January when the visit was first announced. "I was proud to extend an invitation for His Holiness to visit New York when I met with Cardinal Parolin during our visit to the Vatican last year, and the pope should know New York will welcome him with open arms. Pope Francis is the leading global voice on issues of social justice and income inequality, and New Yorkers from all backgrounds will be tremendously humbled and honored to hear his message right here in our city later this year."
Pope Francis said he would like to go to California to canonize 17th-century missionary Junipero Serra, who established nine missions in California, but he is limited by time constraints. He will likely do that Canonization at the Shrine (National Sanctuary of the Immaculate Conception) in Washington, where there is a statue of Serra at the Capitol.
As for the official plan, an archbishop who is a member of the committee organizing the trip says that the pope will arrive in Washington D.C. on Sept. 22 and then New York City on the 24th. He will leave from Philadelphia Sept. 27.
"New Yorkers of all faiths are thrilled that Pope Francis has confirmed he will be visiting New York City in September," City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito said. "Pope Francis has made fighting poverty and expanding social justice a crux of his papacy and I am excited that he will be bringing this message to New York City this fall. I thank Cardinal Dolan for his tireless advocacy in encouraging the Papal visit and look forward to working with him and the Archdiocese to ensure that Pope Francis gets to experience the wonder and beauty of New York City's diverse neighborhoods, communities and people."
Cardinal Timothy Dolan said that although the pope's visit would be brief, he was sure it would have a "profound and lasting impact on all New Yorkers."
"As Catholics, we rejoice in knowing that our Holy Father is coming to visit us, and we eagerly look forward to showing him how our faith is being put into action in this community," he said in a statement.
The pope is scheduled to visit the 9/11 Memorial. 9/11 Memorial Chairman Michael R. Bloomberg called the visit "a special moment for our city."
"His visit will also serve as a marker for how far the World Trade Center has come since Pope Benedict XVI visited the site seven years ago, when it was still an open hole in the ground and closed off to the public," he said in a statement. "Now, it is a beautiful and inspiring place, a symbol of our rebirth and resilience that is full of life, and that honors the victims of the attacks and tells their stories to the world."
Here is the schedule for the pope's trip to the U.S. All times listed are Eastern Daylight Time:
Sept. 22 (Washington, D.C.)
4 p.m. Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews
Sept 23 (D.C.)
9:15 a.m. Meeting with President Obama at the White House
11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew's Cathedral
4:15 p.m. Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilicia of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception
Sept 24 (D.C., New York)
9:20 a.m. Address to Joint Session of the United States Congress
11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
4:00 p.m. Depart from Joint Base Andrews
5:00 p.m. Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport
6:45 p.m. Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral
Sept 25 (New York)
8:30 a.m. Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
4:00 p.m. Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
5:00 p.m. Procession through Central Park.
6:00 p.m. Mass at Madison Square Garden
Sept 26 (New York, Philadelphia)
8:40 a.m. Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport
9:30 a.m. Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia
10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia
4:45 p.m. Visit to Independence Mall
7:30 p.m. Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Sept. 27 (Philadelphia)
9:15 a.m. Meeting with bishops at at St. Martin's Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
11 a.m. Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
4 p.m. Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway
7 p.m. Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation
8 p.m. Departure for Rome
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