Your Complete “Pope in the U.S.” Guide
Wednesday, Sept. 23
9:15 a.m. — President Obama welcomes the pope to the White House.
11:30 a.m. — The pope leads a prayer at St. Matthew’s Cathedral with U.S. bishops.
4:15 p.m. — Pope Francis holds a canonization Mass in Spanish for 25,000 ticket holders at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. It is the first-ever canonization Mass on U.S. soil.
10 a.m. — The Senate and House welcome the pope in a joint session. He will make the first-ever address to Congress, which will broadcast live on the Capitol’s West Front. This speech will be one of four he will hold in English. The remaining 14 speeches on his U.S. trip will be in his native Spanish.
11 a.m. — He makes a stop on the Capitol’s West Front, which overlooks the National Mall.
11:15 a.m. — St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese host Pope Francis. Only 60 parishioners culled from a lottery of church volunteers and about 250 clients and volunteers from Catholic Charities will be allowed in during the visit. Catholic Charities St. Maria’s Meals, which offers three weekly food programs in the Washington area, plans to have 55 tables set up for the poor and homeless to be served lunch as the pope blesses the food and walks through.
4 p.m. — The pope departs from Washington via Joint Base Andrews for New York.