Vatican Releases Itinerary for Pope Francis’ US Visit

The trip will begin Sept. 19 in Cuba and conclude in Philadelphia on Sept. 27, with stops in Washington and New York in between.

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VATICAN CITY — The Vatican on Tuesday released the comprehensive itinerary for Pope Francis’ journey to the United States and Cuba, including his schedule for Philadelphia for Sept. 26-27.

Here is the Holy Father’s complete schedule for his September visit to Cuba and the United States, courtesy of the Holy See Press Office and the USCCB (all times are local):


Saturday, Sept. 19 (flight to Cuba)

10:15am — departure from Rome (Leonardo Da Vinci Airport)

4pm — arrival and welcoming ceremony in Havana, Cuba (José Marti Airport)


Sunday, Sept. 20 (Havana, Cuba)

9am — Mass and Angelus (Plaza de la Revolución)

4pm — visit with Raúl Castro (Palacio de la Revolución)

5:15pm — vespers with priests, religious and seminarians (Havana Cathedral)

6:30pm — greeting of youth of the Centro Cultural Padre Félix Varela in Havana


Monday, Sept. 21 (Holguín and Santiago, Cuba)

8am — departure from Havana (José Marti Airport)

9:20am — arrival in Holguín (Frank Pais Airport)

10:30am — Mass (Plaza de la Revolución, Holguín)

3:45pm — blessing of the city from the Loma de la Cruz (Hill of the Cross) in Holguín

4:40pm — departure from Holguín (Frank Pais Airport)

5:30pm — arrival in Santiago, Cuba (Antonio Maceo Airport)

7pm — meeting with bishops (San Basilio Magno Seminary)

7:45pm — prayer at the Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre in Santiago


Tuesday, Sept. 22 (Santiago, Cuba)

8am — Mass at the Sanctuary of La Virgen de la Caridad del Cobre

11am — meeting with families at Santiago's cathedral, followed by the blessing of the city outside of the cathedral

12:15pm — departure ceremony (Antonio Maceo Airport)

12:30pm — departure from Santiago for Washington

4pm — arrival at Joint Base Andrews in Washington


Wednesday, Sept. 23 (Washington)j

9:15am — meeting with President Barack Obama, with welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House

11:30am — meeting with U.S. bishops (St. Matthew's Cathedral)

4:15pm — Mass of canonization for Junípero Serra (Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception)


Thursday, Sept. 24 (Washington, New York City)

9:20am — address to joint meeting of the U.S. Congress 

11:15am — visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

4pm — depart from Joint Base Andrews

5pm — arrival in New York (JFK International Airport)

6:45pm — vespers with priests and religious (St. Patrick's Cathedral)


Friday, Sept. 25 (New York City)

8:30am — visit to the United Nations and address to U.N. General Assembly

11:30am — multireligious service (9/11 Memorial, World Trade Center)

4pm — visit to Our Lady, Queen of Angels School, East Harlem

6pm — Mass (Madison Square Garden)


Saturday, Sept. 26 (New York City, Philadelphia)

8:40am — departure from New York (JFK International Airport)

9:30am — arrival in Philadelphia (Atlantic Aviation)

10:30am — Mass with bishops, priests and religious of Pennsylvania (Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul) 

4:45pm — religious-freedom meeting with Hispanic community and other immigrants (Independence Mall)

7:30pm — visit to Festival of Families with prayer vigil (Benjamin Franklin Parkway)


Sunday, Sept. 27 (Philadelphia)

9:15am — meeting with bishops and guests of the World Meeting of Families (St. Martin's Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary)

11am — visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility 

4pm — Mass for conclusion of World Meeting of Families (Benjamin Franklin Parkway)

7pm — Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families (Atlantic Aviation)

8pm — departure for Rome


Monday, Sept. 28 (Rome)

10am — arrival in Rome (Rome Ciampino Airport)