Pope Francis will address Congress Thursday as part of his official state visit to the United States. The pope's visit comes at a delicate time in U.S. politics, where matters close to his heart are deeply dividing politicians all across the country including income inequality, climate change, abortion, the definition of marriage, religious freedom and immigration. Despite this, Francis is not expected to hold back his opinions when he speaks in front of the nation's political leaders.
"Pope Francis is the ultimate Washington outsider. His priorities are not Washington's priorities," said John Carr, director of the Initiative on Catholic Social Thought and Public Life at Georgetown University in Washington, to CNN. "We think we are the center of the world. We are not the center of Pope Francis' world. He is frankly more comfortable in the slums of Argentina than in the corridors of power."
Francis, 78, who is making his first visit to the United States, will also visit New York to address the United Nations, and then travel to Philadelphia to lead Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. The pope's every move will be broadcast live on TV, online and on demand.
Eager viewers can stream the address to Congress live on computers or mobile devices by visiting Speaker of the House John Boehner's website Thursday. The address will also be broadcast on television by C-SPAN.
Time Warner Cable has a 24-hour papal visit channel. Catholic TV will also be covering Francis' visit. TWC Local On Demand will broadcast all major papal events on channel 1020 everywhere except Southern CA, KY, OH, WI and NE. Additional live streams will be also be broadcast as is shown below in the pope's official schedule.
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The pope's schedule for the rest of the week is below:
Thursday, Sept. 24
9:20 a.m.: Address to joint session of Congress. Live stream
11:15 a.m.: Visit to St. Patrick's Catholic Church in D.C.
5 p.m.: Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport, New York.
6:45 p.m.: Evening prayer (vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC. Live stream
Friday, Sept. 25
8:30 a.m.: Visit to the United Nations and address to the United Nations General Assembly. Live stream
11:30 a.m.: Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
4 p.m.: Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
5 p.m.: Procession through Central Park
6 p.m.: Mass at Madison Square Garden
Saturday, Sept. 26
10:30 a.m.: Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia.
4:45 p.m.: Visit to Independence Mall
7:30 p.m.: Visit to the Festival of Families
Sunday, Sept. 27
9:15 a.m.: Meeting with bishops, cardinals and seminarians at St. Martin's Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
11 a.m.: Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
4 p.m.: Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families
7 p.m.: Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation