Starting with his arrival in Washington on Tuesday, September 22, the media supplied the public with continuing coverage of Pope Francis’ scheduled (and sometimes unscheduled) activities -- from his Tuesday, Sept. 22, arrival and greeting by both President Obama and Vice President Biden and their families, the Mass at The Basilica of the Immaculate Conception for the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra, his visit to a catholic grammar school, lunch with a homeless community at a Washington parish -- to his speech before the Congress of the United States.    

After his Washington visit, continuing  coverage followed the Holy Father to New York, starting with Mass at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Thursday, Sept. 24, his speech before the United Nations on Friday, Sept. 25,  speaking and praying at Ground Zero and meeting with families of first responders killed in the attack, a visit to a grammar school in Harlem, a ride through Central Park where 80,000 people gathered to catch a passing wave from him, and then on to Mass at Madison Square Garden. 

Finally, Philadelphia, the City of Brotherly Love, rolled out the red carpet to celebrate with the Holy Father the gift of “the Family” following the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.  Following the 4 p.m.  Mass - held in front of the Philadelphia Museum of Art on Sunday, Sept. 27 - attended by thousands of joyful participants, he departed from Philadelphia for his return home.  

Thank you, Pope Francis!

Welcome greeting from President Obama

Pope Francis Address to Congress

Pope Francis with Homeless members of St. Patrick's Parish, Washington, DC

Summary of Mass at Madison Square Garden and Homily (click at link below commentary)

"You have a right to dream" - Pope's talk with children at school in Harlem

Pope Francis at United Nations

Pope Francis at Ground Zero

Pope Francis - World Meeting of Families


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