Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24, the first time a pontiff has addressed the body. The address will be delivered in the House chamber and  broadcast live on screens set up on the West Front of the Capitol, as well as on TVs and computers around the world. (You can watch it on our site here).

Several parishes and schools in the Syracuse area will be holding “watch parties” that morning, gathering to watch the address together. Here are a few that are open to the public:

• All Saints Church, 112 Lancaster Pl., Syracuse, will open the doors of its Harrison Center at 9:30 a.m., with a live stream beginning at 10 a.m. There is no fee to attend. Register by sending an email to kmeus@allsaintssyracuse.org or call the parish office at (315) 472-9934 ext. 5.
• Holy Cross Church, 4112 E. Genesee St., DeWitt, will also open its doors at 9:30 a.m. with a live stream beginning at 10 a.m. Coffee and refreshments will be provided. All are welcome.
Le Moyne College, 1419 Salt Springs Rd., Syracuse, will hold a watch event at 10 a.m. in the  Reilley Room. Following the address, Jesuit Fathers George Coyne, McDevitt Chair in Physics, and Donald Kirby, professor of religious studies, will lead a discussion about the pope’s remarks and the significance of this visit. The event is sponsored by the College’s Office of Mission Integration and Development and open to the public.

Have a watch party to add? Send info to klong@thecatholicsun.com

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