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2015 Papal Visit

2015 Papal Visit

Pope Francis' First U.S. Visit, Sept. 22-27

Papal Visit Day 2 Briefing: Pope Francis Names a New Saint

The pontiff also will visit the White House

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    WATCH: Crowds Chant, Cheer for Francis Upon U.S. Arrival

    Pope Francis arrived to the United States to enthused crowds chanting "Ho ho! Hey hey! Welcome to the USA!" as he was greeted by President Obama and other members of the White House. (Published Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015)

    Pope Francis kicks off five days of events while visiting the United States, beginning with a formal welcome at the White House. Here's what's on tap for Wednesday in Washington, D.C.:

    White House, 9 a.m.

    Pope Francis is officially welcomed to the U.S. by President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama, one day after landing in the nation's capital.

    Both Obama and Pope Francis will speak on the South Lawn of the White House in front of a crowd of about 20,000 people, before returning inside to exchange gifts, pose for official photos and discuss policy.

    A papal parade along the Ellipse and a portion of the National Mall will follow close to 11 a.m. Nearly 18,000 people are expected to line the route.

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    St. Matthew's Cathedral, 11:30 a.m.

    Francis holds midday prayer with 300 U.S. bishops at the seat of Washington, D.C.'s archbishop. The cathedral is named after Saint Matthew the Apostle, the patron saint of civil servants.

    St. Matthew's has played host to Pope John Paul II, back in 1979, and it was also where dignitaries gathered to celebrate the funeral Mass for John F. Kennedy on Nov. 25, 1963.

    Canonization of Junipero Serra Brings ControversyCanonization of Junipero Serra Brings Controversy

    The first canonization on U.S. soil comes with controversy, News4's Aaron Gilchrist reports. Pope Francis has been accused of hypocrisy for planning to canonize Franciscan missionary Junipero Serra after apologizing for the “grave sins of colonialism,” a charge leveled by some Native Americans.
    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015)

    Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, 4:15 p.m.

    Francis celebrates Mass in Spanish to declare 18th-century missionary Junipero Serra a saint. The Franciscan friar, a controversial choice, started nine missions in California and his is the first-ever canonization in the U.S.

    Organizers expect more than 20,000 people to celebrate the canonization outside the Basilica, America's largest Roman Catholic cathedral.

    Pope Francis Drives Off in a Fiat 500Pope Francis Drives Off in a Fiat 500

    Jo’Van Descartes snapped video of Pope Francis driving off Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in a black Fiat 500.
    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015)

    Washington, D.C., Forecast

    Mostly sunny with highs of 75°- 82°, according to Storm Team 4.

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    Pope Francis Drives Off in a Fiat 500Pope Francis Drives Off in a Fiat 500

    Jo’Van Descartes snapped video of Pope Francis driving off Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland in a black Fiat 500.
    (Published Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015)

    If You're in Town

    Check out these tips on how to get around. Still have questions? Here's what you can and can't do during Francis' visit to D.C.

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