Pope Francis coming to D.C. fall of 2015
Earlier this week, Pope Francis confirmed his plans to visit D.C. this fall as part of a three-city trip to the U.S.
Stops in New York City and in the Nation’s capital were added to the Pope’s already confirmed visit to Philadelphia. The exact dates of the trip won’t be disclosed until soon before it occurs for safety reasons.
According to the Associated Press, Pope Francis hopes to attend a Catholic rally for families in Philadelphia and to address Congress in Washington and the United Nations in New York.
While in D.C. the Pope also plans to canonize the American missionary Junipero Serra. The mass will be held in Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
“He was the evangelizer of the Western United States,” Pope Francis said to reporters aboard the Papal plane to the Philippines.
It is expected that he will be met with great anticipation—according to a poll by Saint Leo University, the Pontiff has an approval rate of 88 percent. Additionally, his Asia trip concluded with a groundbreaking crowd in the millions that flocked his appearance in the Philippines.
“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,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio to WABC-TV. Anticipation in D.C. is also high.
While the Pope will likely fly directly to the East Coast, he would have liked to enter the U.S. through the Mexico border “as a sign of brotherhood and of help to the immigrants,” he said to reporters.
Pope Benedict XVI was the last pope to visit Washington in 2009. He met with President Bush and gave mass at Nationals Park during his three-day stay.
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