Pope Francis landed in the U.S. Sept. 22, beginning his first-ever visit to the country. After a welcome by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden at Joint Base Andrews outside DC, the Holy Father motored off in a Fiat, much to the delight of everyone.
So what’s on Pope Francis’ schedule for Wednesday? Here are the highlights:
• 9:15 a.m.: Welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Speech by pope, followed by a courtesy visit with Obama. (Watch live here.)
• 11 a.m.: Papal parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall.
• 11:30 a.m.: Midday prayer with U.S. bishops in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Speech by pope. (Watch live here.)
• 4:15 p.m.: Mass and canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Homily by pope. (Watch live here.)
Stay tuned throughout the day as the Catholic Sun, the Diocesan Office of Communications, and Syracuse Catholic Television bring you updates from the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 22 to 25 as well as up-to-the-minute coverage of Pope Francis’ travels.
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