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September 22, 2015

Papal Visit 2015 to Cuba and The USA



 I ask you to join me in praying for my trip to Cuba and the United States. I need your prayers.

 The pope’s five-day tour, his first in the United States, will include appearances at the White House and Congress, a parade on Constitution Avenue in Washington, a Mass at Madison Square Garden, a procession through Central Park in New York, and an open air Mass with up to 1.5 million people in Philadelphia.

His Big Apple visit coincides with the 70th U.N. General Assembly, where more than 150 foreign delegations are also expected, creating a virtual lockdown in portions of midtown.

 The U.S. Secret Service is in charge of coordinating the massive intergovernmental operation on counterterrorism operations, crowd management, crisis response and air and vehicle traffic control. The FBI, Capitol Police, Coast Guard, Pentagon and Federal Emergency Management Agency are closely involved in the planning, along with local police departments.

 Thursday 27 March 2014 Flashback
Pope Francis gave Obama a restrained smile as they shook hands. Taking his place across from the pontiff in the study where Francis receives his guests, Obama said: "It's wonderful meeting you. I'm a great admirer. Thank you, sir. Thank you."
In case the point had been missed, he added: "It's a great honor. I'm a great admirer. Thank you so much for receiving me."
 

 When Pope Francis arrives in the U.S. on Tuesday for a six-day sweep through Washington, New York and Philadelphia, it will be a transit challenge. The Secret Service Director said there are no credible threats against the pontiff. USA TODAY

 

When Pope Francis arrives in the United States, he will find nearly half of the population connected in some way to Catholicism, according to the Pew survey.


But just one-fifth currently call themselves Catholics, and 1 in 10 Americans say they have fallen away from the faith. 

There are so many former Catholics in the United States, in fact, that if they formed their own church, they'd be the country's second-largest religion, after only the Catholic Church itself.

Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015. ETA - Estimated Time of Arrival : 4pm

4 p.m. — President Obama greets Pope Francis as he arrives at Joint Base Andrews.

Washington (CNN)Pope Francis landed on U.S. soil for the first time just before 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday, launching a six-day visit that will highlight his love for the poor and his willingness to tackle the nation's most significant political, social and economic controversies.
In an unprecedented welcome for a foreign dignitary, President Barack Obama, First Lady Michelle Obama and their daughters along with Vice President Joe Biden and his family traveled to Joint Base Andrews outside Washington to greet the pontiff, who arrived from Cuba.

BREAKING - and meet in historic visit. Watch LIVE NOW:   

 Pope Francis touched down at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland. His ride into Washington, D.C. was a 2016 Fiat 500L. “Francis is showing that he likes to continue the practice of being driven in something that is smaller than an American SUV,” Bishop Christopher Coyne, of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said in an interview. “He’s also showing his desire that bishops live a simple life. Pope Francis puts faith in  a pint-sized black @FiatUSA 500L http://jalo.ps/87gel70 

 Photos on social media clearly show the humble pope enjoying himself as he waved to crowds the onlooking faithful as he was all smiles with his window rolled down and armed outstretched.

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. 

Thursday, Sept. 24 

 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.

Pope Francis made history on Thursday morning as he became the first-ever pontiff to address a joint meeting of Congress in Washington.
Follow along below for live updates:
11:04 a.m.: The crowd is chanting for the pope

11:03 a.m.: The pope is walking to the Capitol balcony to wave to the crowd.
11:01 a.m.: Francis has stopped in front of statues.
11 a.m.: The pope is walking through the Capitol alongside Biden and Boehner. Both are Catholics.
10:56 a.m.: The pope has exited the House Chamber. U.S. Representative Patrick Tiberi of Ohio gives instructions to Congress.
10:55 a.m.: "In these remarks I have sought to present some of the richness of your cultural heritage, of the spirit of the American people. It is my desire that this spirit continue to develop and grow, so that as many young people as possible can inherit and dwell in a land which has inspired so many people to dream.God bless America!" the pope says, ending his address to Congress.
Members stand and applaud Francis. The pope turns around and says something inaudible to Boehner. The pope starts to walk out of the chamber.
10:53 a.m.: "In particular, I would like to call attention to those family members who are the most vulnerable, the young. For many of them, a future filled with countless possibilities beckons, yet so many others seem disoriented and aimless, trapped in a hopeless maze of violence, abuse and despair. Their problems are our problems. We cannot avoid them. We need to face them together, to talk about them and to seek effective solutions rather than getting bogged down in discussions. At the risk of oversimplifying, we might say that we live in a culture which pressures young people not to start a family, because they lack possibilities for the future. Yet this same culture presents others with so many options that they too are dissuaded from starting a family," he says.
10:51 a.m.: The pope is discussing his attendance at the upcoming World Meeting of Families this weekend in Philadelphia.
"It is my wish that throughout my visit the family should be a recurrent theme. How essential the family has been to the building of this country! And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement! Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without. Fundamental relationships are being called into question, as is the very basis of marriage and the family. I can only reiterate the importance and, above all, the richness and the beauty of family life," he says.
10:46 a.m.: "I would like to recognize the efforts made in recent months to help overcome historic differences linked to painful episodes of the past. It is my duty to build bridges and to help all men and women, in any way possible, to do the same. When countries which have been at odds resume the path of dialogue – a dialogue which may have been interrupted for the most legitimate of reasons – new opportunities open up for all. This has required, and requires, courage and daring, which is not the same as irresponsibility. A good political leader is one who, with the interests of all in mind, seizes the moment in a spirit of openness and pragmatism. A good political leader always opts to initiate processes rather than possessing spaces," he says.
10:40 a.m.: "This common good also includes the Earth, a central theme of the encyclical which I recently wrote in order to 'enter into dialogue with all people about our common home.' We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing, and its human roots, concern and affect us all," he says.
The pope calls for "a courageous and responsible effort" to "redirect our steps and to avert the most serious effects of the environmental deterioration caused by human activity. I am convinced that we can make a difference and I have no doubt that the U.S.—and this Congress—have an important role to play."

10:38 a.m.: "At the same time I would encourage you to keep in mind all those people around us who are trapped in a cycle of poverty. They too need to be given hope. The fight against poverty and hunger must be fought constantly and on many fronts, especially in its causes. I know that many Americans today, as in the past, are working to deal with this problem," he adds.
10:36 a.m.: "How much progress has been made in this area in so many parts of the world! How much has been done in these first years of the third millennium to raise people out of extreme poverty! I know that you share my conviction that much more still needs to be done, and that in times of crisis and economic hardship a spirit of global solidarity must not be lost," he says.
10:33 a.m.: "The Golden Rule also reminds us of our responsibility to protect and defend human life at every stage of its development," the pope says. "This conviction has led me, from the beginning of my ministry, to advocate at different levels for the global abolition of the death penalty. I am convinced that this way is the best, since every life is sacred, every human person is endowed with an inalienable dignity, and society can only benefit from the rehabilitation of those convicted of crimes."

 Live Updates: Pope Francis Advocates for the Global Abolition of the Death Penalty, Congressional Effort to Combat Climate Change

 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.

Read the full text: Papal visit to St. Patrick's Church and Homeless Shelter

 4 p.m. — The pope departs from Washington via Joint Base Andrews for New York.

5 p.m. — Arrives in New York through John F. Kennedy International Airport.

6:45 p.m. — The pope holds an evening prayer service at St. Patrick's Cathedral. 

Friday, Sept. 25 

 8:30 a.m. — Pope Francis meets with the United Nations General Assembly. It's the 70th anniversary of the U.N

11:30 a.m. — A multireligious service is held at the 9/11 Memorial Museum. 

4 p.m. — The pope visits Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem. 

5 p.m. — He will lead a procession through Central Park. About 80,000 tickets were awarded by the city in a lottery pick.

6 p.m. — Mass is held in Madison Square Garden. The chair he will sit on was built by mostly immigrant day laborers. Young men at Lincoln Hall Boys Haven in Lincolndale built the altar. 

Saturday, Sept. 26 

 8:40 a.m. — Pope Francis departs New York for Philadelphia through John F. Kennedy International Airport. 

9:30 a.m. — Arrives at Atlantic Aviation.

10:30 a.m. — Mass is held at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul.

4:45 p.m. — The pope visits Independence Mall — the birthplace of American democracy. This historic area of Philadelphia is home to the Liberty Bell, and Independence Hall, where the Declaration of Independence and Constitution were signed.

7:30 p.m. — Pope Francis stops by the Festival of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway and holds a prayer vigil with the World Meeting of Families — the largest meeting of Catholic families held every three years. Singer Arethra Franklin will perform for the Pope as well as Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Colombian singer/songwriter Juanes, the Philadelphia Orchestra, The Fray, comedian Jim Gaffigan and Mark Wahlberg — who will host the event. 

Sunday, Sept. 27 

 9:15 a.m. — He holds a papal meeting with bishops at St. Martin's Chapel of St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, right outside Philadelphia. 

11 a.m. — The pope visits Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Inmates at a neighboring prison — Philadelphia Industrial Correctional Center — built the chair that the pope will sit on. Several inmates learned carpentry through vocational workshops. 

4 p.m. — Mass is held with the World Meeting of Families.

7 p.m. — At Atlantic Aviation, he talks with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families. Philadelphia International Airport expects 20%-25% more passengers traveling during the pope's visit — that's similar to a very busy Thanksgiving holiday. 

8 p.m. — Pope Francis departs for Rome.

USA Today :  A schedule of Pope Francis ' U.S. visit


 There's less than two months to go before Pope Francis makes his first-ever visit to the U.S. The September trip kicks off in Washington with stops at the White House and Capitol Hill, where Francis will be the first pope to address Congress. In New York, he'll appear before the U.N. General Assembly and visit Saint Patrick's Cathedral. Mireya Villarreal spoke to one woman who’s working around the clock to help coordinate his visit to Philadelphia.

PHILADELPHIA It's finally here and The World Meeting of Families Executive Director Donna Crilley Farrell couldn't have been more thrilled

 

  10 Ways to Participate in Pope Francis's US Visit

Hundreds of Thousands are expected to see Pope Francis when he visits the US. Even if you are not among those who will see the Holy Father in person, you can still make his visit a time of spiritual renewal and evangelization by following the suggestions below.
  1. Take part in a "Virtual Pilgrimage" with these prayers as the Holy Father makes his way to more than a dozen different locations in Washington, DC, New York City, and Philadelphia.
  2. Learn more about the places Pope Francis will visit by following his journey on this interactive map.
  3. Become "Pope Francis literate" by reading his two encyclical letters: Lumen Fidei. . . and Laudato Si. . .
  4. Stay up-to-date and read insightful commentary by connecting with the only news source founded and supported by the US Bishops, Catholic News Service. See the latest in the CNS feed below.
  5. Have a Papal Visit Watch Party!  All events will be live streamed in English with audio commentary here.  Select events will also be available for video on demand here.
  6. Take your faith and the latest papal visit news with you on the go by downloading the Catholic Church app for IOS at the iTunes store . . .
    or for Android devices on Google Play. . .
  7. Respond to Pope Francis's call to enounter by reaching out to those in need, supporting parish or community charitable efforts, acting to promote life, human dignity, families and religious freedom, and by caring for creation. Find ideas here.
  8. Invite a non-Catholic or non-practicing Catholic friend to Mass next weekend so they can experience the joy of the Gospel!
  9. Engage in social media: use our hash tags #PopeinUS and #PapaEnUSA.  Don't forget to use some Pope emojis!
  10. Support the many people working to make Pope Francis' historic US visit a success by praying for them to the Blessed Virgin under her title  Mary, Undoer of Knots. . . (a favorite of Pope Francis). Include in your intentions: Vatican staff, The US Secret Service, the US Bishops, their staff and volunteers, the World Meeting of Families committee and volunteers, and the three host archdioceses and host cities.
Local time: 10.30/12.30 - Pope Francis presides at celebration of Holy Mass in Holguin, on the occasion of his apostolic visit to the island.
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