Pope Francis I, the head of the Catholic Christian church, will tour America at the end of September. It will be his first visit to America and the Catholic Christian faithful are expecting it to be a memorable as well as a momentous event. The Pope, who is from Argentina, expects to make a serious and lasting connection with America’s Latin population as he visits Washington, DC, Philadelphia, and New York City.
One of the Latin connections he hopes to make will be during a ceremony in which Francis will make a Spaniard named Junipero Serra a Catholic Christian saint according to Newsweek. Pope Francis will arrive in Washington, DC on September 22 after spending a four day whirlwind tour in Cuba. He will meet with President Obama the following day in which he will, also, canonize the Spanish friar. The monk was a Franciscan friar who was crucial in the establishment of Catholic Christianity in early California. Francis has had a huge swath of tickets reserved specifically for the Latin population of Washington, DC and the surrounding area.
On September 24, Pope Francis will give an address to a joint session of the US Congress followed by a venture downtown to visit with DC’s Catholic Charities as well as wander the streets visiting the homeless and the area’s hungry. Friday, September 25, takes the Pope to New York City where he will begin his day by addressing a full session of the United Nations General Assembly. After, he will head to the 9/11 Memorial and Museum for an inter-faith service. Later in the afternoon he heads into Manhattan to meet with underprivileged kids and then he will end his New York visit by saying a Catholic mass at Madison Square Garden.
The Pope ends up his American visit in the City of Brotherly Love. After starting the day saying a mass, he will travel over to Independence Mall where he is expected to speak on religious freedom and immigration concerns. Later in the day, he will gather with around a half million people at Philadelphia’s Festival of Families and will return to Rome the following day.