Sept. 22 at 4 p.m.

Arrival from Cuba

Location: Joint Base Andrews

Francis will spend four days in Cuba before arriving in the United States. The visit will highlight his role as US-Cuba peacemaker and likely raise questions about freedom – including religious freedom – in Cuba.

Washington, Sept. 22 to 23

Sept. 23 at 9:15 a.m.

Meeting with President Obama

Location: The White House

The two leaders first met in March 2014. Topics of discussion will likely include poverty, climate change and conflict in the Middle East.

Sept. 23 at 11 a.m.

Parade around the Ellipse

Location: The Ellipse

The parade will be around the Ellipse. People are encouraged to watch from the park and the Mall as he passes.

Sept. 23 at 11:30 a.m.

Address to the U.S. bishops

Location: Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle

Francis will address hundreds of American bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral, the seat of the Washington archdiocese and home to several notable funerals, including that for President John F Kennedy. The pope will speak to bishops and pray with them, comments which are expected to be delivered mostly in Spanish.

Sept. 23 at 4:15 p.m.

Mass of canonization of Junípero Serra

Location: Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception

The pope will celebrate Mass from the east portico of the basilica, during which he will canonize Junípero Serra, an 18th-century Franciscan friar who founded missions in California. This is the first time the Catholic Church has held a saint-making ceremony in the United States.

Sept. 24 at 9:20 a.m.

Address to joint meeting of Congress

Location: U.S. Capitol

Francis will be the first religious leader to address a joint meeting of Congress, historians say. The pontiff is expected to make an appearance on the Capitol's West Front, the site of presidential inaugurations.

Sept. 24 at 11:15 a.m.

Visit to St. Patrick's Church and Catholic Charities

Location: St. Patrick in the City

The pope will meet with Catholic Charities’ clients, including those who receive services for migration issues and homelessness.

Sept. 24 at 4 p.m.

Washington New York

Location: John F. Kennedy International Airport

Francis will depart from Joint Base Andrews at 4 p.m. and arrive at John F. Kennedy Airport at 5 p.m.

New York, Sept. 24 to 25

Sept. 24 at 6:45 p.m.

Evening prayer

Location: Cathedral of St. Patrick

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Gov. Andrew Cuomo will attend an evening service with Francis at St. Patrick's Cathedral.

Sept. 25 at 8:30 a.m.

Speech at the United Nations

Location: United Nations

As the two popes immediately before him did, Francis will address the general assembly of the United Nations. He is expected to touch on subjects including poverty and climate change.

Sept. 25 at 11:30 a.m.

Multireligious service at 9/11 memorial

Location: 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center

The pope will greet families of Sept. 11 victims and first responders before praying with a group of leaders from different faiths.

Sept. 25 at 4 p.m.

Visit East Harlem school

Location: Our Lady Queen of Angels School

At the school, Francis will get a look at inner-city Catholic education and meet with immigrants and refugees.

Sept. 25 at 5 p.m.


Location: Central Park

At some point before his Mass at Madison Square Garden, the pope's motorcade will take a detour through Central Park. Residents of New York can enter a lottery for tickets to attend, according to a press release. Ticket information

Sept. 25 at 6 p.m.


Location: Madison Square Garden

Officials expect about 20,000 people to attend the Mass at Madison Square Garden, which is home to the New York Knicks and Rangers, and has hosted musical acts such as Elvis, Michael Jackson and the Rolling Stones.

Sept. 26 at 8:40 a.m.

New York Philadelphia

Location: Atlantic Aviation

Francis will depart from John F. Kennedy Airport at 8:40 a.m. and arrive at Atlantic Aviation at 9:30 a.m.

Philadelphia, Sept. 26 to 27

Sept. 26 at 10:30 a.m.


Location: Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul

Francis will greet members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and celebrate Mass.

Sept. 26 at 4:45 p.m.

Visit to Independence Mall

Location: Independence Hall

Approximately 50,000 people are expected to gather to hear remarks from the pontiff on religious liberty and immigration, including members of the local Hispanic community and immigrants.

Sept. 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Festival of Families

Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

At least 1 million people are expected for the festival, which will include musical acts and remarks from the pope.

Sept. 27 at 9:15 a.m.

Meeting with bishops

Location: St. Martin's Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary

Francis is expected to speak in Spanish when he meets with bishops attending the World Meeting of Families.

Sept. 27 at 11 a.m.

Visit to correctional facility

Location: Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility

The pope will meet with 100 inmates – a quarter female – as well as family members and prison staff.

Sept. 27 at 4 p.m.

Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families

Location: Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Up to 2 million are expected for the Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Mass will take place near the art museum whose steps were made famous by Sylvester Stallone in “Rocky.”

Sept. 27 at 7 p.m.

Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families

Location: Atlantic Aviation

Francis will greet organizers and volunteers from the World Meeting of Families.

Sept. 27 at 8 p.m.

Departure for Rome

Location: Atlantic Aviation

Pope Francis will depart from Atlantic Aviation at 8 p.m.

Note: An earlier version of this graphic incorrectly said the canonization of Junípero Serra would be the first on North American soil. While the canonization will be the first in the United States, Pope John Paul II canonized Juan Diego in Mexico in 2002.