Many words have been spent on describing Pope Francis’ admiration for simplicity and low-key style, an approach that has triggered radical changes, making “modesty over show” his principle to live by. However, nothing is simple about a six day papal visit to the United States. This kind of event calls for extraordinary security measures and organization which, despite being necessary, will probably clash with the real purpose of the Pope’s visit: making contact with the public. The numbers are astonishingly high: 80,000 people are expected to attend the Pope’s Central Park procession, and tickets to the Mass that will take place at Madison Square Garden are extremely sought after, even though they were distributed only to parishes within the Archdioceses of New York.


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The Pope landed on US soil yesterday, and was greeted by President Obama and his family. A significant crowd waited for him at the airport along with the “First Family,” underlining how much of an inspiration the Pope is for millions, thanks to his humbler idea of papacy and a modern approach to the dogmas of Christianity.

It comes as no surprise that Francis decided to ride from the airport to the Apostolic Nunciature, the equivalent of an embassy, where he will spend his time in Washington on a very modest Fiat 500L.  However, not everybody seems enchanted by this powerful religious figure. Some criticism has risen from the more conservative political personalities, especially given the Pope’s opposition to the excess of globalization and capitalism perpetuated by the Western World. Moreover, him openly discussing the issue of abortion (and lifting the burden from women who undergo the procedure), as well as the right for gay people to get married, have made the most radical of Catholics cringe. In fact, the Pope spent his first day in the Capitol addressing important issues such as climate change and immigration. However, this six day papal visit to the US will definitely be a huge milestone for American Christians.


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Let’s take a look at the Pope’s agenda during his trip:

September 23rd

  • 9:15am White House welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama
  • 11:00am Parade along the National Mall
  • 11:30am Prayer with the bishops at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral
  • 4:15pm Canonization Mass of Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

September 24th

  • 9:20am Arrival at the Capitol
  • 10am Speech to the Senate and House of Representatives (Joint Session of Congress)
  • 11:15am Visit to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C.
  • 4pm Departure for New York
  • 5pm Arrival at JFK
  • 6:45pm Evening prayer at St. Patrick’s Cathedral


September 25th

  • 8:30am United Nations General Assembly
  • 11:30am Multi religious service at 9/11 Memorial museum
  • 4pm Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels school in East Harlem
  • 5pm Papal motorcade through Central Park
  • 6pm Madison Square Garden Mass


September 26th

  • 8:40am Departure for Philadelphia
  • 9:30am Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul
  • 4:45pm Visit to Independence Mall
  • 7:30pm Visit to Festival of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway


September 27th

  • 9:15am Papal meeting with Bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel
  • 11am Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
  • 4pm Papal Mass for World Meeting of Families
  • 7pm Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families at Atlantic Aviation
  • 8pm Departure for Rome






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