On Sunday 20 September the Holy Father, in connection with his apostolic journey to the island nation of Cuba, met with Fidel Castro and his brother Raul who is the current leader of the government there. He also celebrated mass publicly at Revolution Plaza in Havana.
From there, Pope Francis travels to the United States, where his public events will include the following schedule:
Tuesday, 22 September 2015
16:00 – Arrival at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. / Official welcoming ceremony at the Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C.
Wednesday, 23 September 2015
9:15 – Welcoming ceremony at the South Lawn of the White House / Courtesy Visit to the President of the United States of America
11:30 – Meeting with the Bishops of the United States of America at St Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington, D.C.
16:15 – Holy Mass and Canonization of Blessed Fr. Junipero Serra at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, D.C. [I’m still chafing about this one]
Thursday, 24 September 2015
9:20 – Visit to the Congress of the United States of America
11:15 – Visit to the Charitable Center of St. Patrick Parish and meeting with the homeless in Washington, D.C.
18:45 – Vespers with the Clergy, Men and Women Religious at St Patrick’s Cathedral in New York
Friday, 25 September 2015
8:30 – Visit to the Headquarters of the United Nations
11:30 – Interreligious encounter at the Ground Zero memorial in New York
16:00 – Visit to “Our Lady, Queen of the Angels” School and meeting with children and families of migrants in New York (Harlem)
18:00 – Holy Mass at the Madison Square Garden in New York
Saturday, 26 September 2015
10:30 – Holy Mass with the Bishops, Clergy, Men and Women Religious of Pennsylvania gathered at the Cathedral of Sts Peter and Paul in Philadelphia
16:45 – Meeting for Religious Freedom with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia
19:30 – Festival of families and vigil of prayer at the B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
Sunday, 27 September 2015
9:15 – Meeting with bishops taking part in the World Meeting of Families gathered at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Philadelphia
11:00 – Visit to detainees at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia
16:00 – Holy Mass concluding the World Meeting of Families at B. Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
19:00 – Greeting to the organizing committee, volunteers and benefactors at the International Airport of Philadelphia
19:45 – Farewell ceremony
Pope Francis, or rather, whoever among his functionaries responsible for the Pontifex Twitter Account, tweeted a request:
So, let’s pray for him, mkay?
President Obama has lined up all the usual suspects of dissidents, reactionaries and infidels for the White House meet and greet. Can’t say it’s surprising that the President would hoist another indecorous and insulting flag up the pole as he lays out the unwelcome mat to the leader of over a billion Catholics. But hey, why should Bolivia’s president be the only classy one?