Following stops in Washington, D.C., and New York City, Pope Francis is scheduled to arrival in Philadelphia at 9:30 a.m. Saturday. The pontiff will embark on a two-day tour of the City of Brotherly Love jam-packed with events. Below is a detailed schedule for the pope's time in Philadelphia:
Saturday, Sept. 26
9:30 a.m. - The pope is expected to arrive at Atlantic Aviation at Philadelphia International Airport.
10:30 a.m. - Francis is scheduled to celebrate Mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul. This event won't be open to the public and is exclusively for local religious officials and those with invitations.
4:45 p.m. - The pope is scheduled to visit Independence Mall and give an address. His speech will be given to a ticketed crowd estimated to number about 50,000 and the remarks are expected to focus on religious liberty and immigration. Francis will deliver his speech from behind the same lectern used by President Abraham Lincoln while giving the Gettysburg Address.
7:30 p.m. - Francis is scheduled to visit the Festival of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The gathering is expected to feature a number of high-profile celebrities and musical acts. The list of expected guests includes singer Aretha Franklin, actor Mark Wahlberg, comedian Jim Gaffigan, opera singer Andrea Bocelli, Colombian rock star Juanes and band The Fray. The event is open to the public.
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Sunday, Sept. 27
9:15 a.m. - The pope is scheduled to begin his day by meeting bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel in St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in an event that is closed to public.
11:00 a.m. - Francis is expected to visit the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. While at the Philadelphia facility he is due to meet with a group of prisoners, their families, and prison staff members.
4:00 p.m. - The pope is expected to celebrate Mass Sunday to bring a conclusion to the World Meeting of Families, the congress held to promote family life, at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Francis is expected to parade along the parkway leading up to the event.
Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to attend the Mass, which is a ticketed event, while more than 1 million could attend in the general area of the parkway.
7:00 p.m. - Francis is scheduled to meet with organizers, volunteers and benefactors involved with the World Meeting of Families at the Atlantic Aviation hangar.
8:00 p.m. - Francis is expected to depart for Rome, bringing to a close his first visit to the United States.