On his first visit to the U.S., Pope Francis got in a lot of sightseeing, even though he was the main attraction wherever he went. In Washington, he made history as the first pope to address Congress. In New York, he drew a crowd of more than 20,000 to Madison Square Garden to celebrate Mass, while bringing attention to immigrants and other people who are frequently overlooked. And on the last leg of the three-city tour, he went to Philadelphia, visiting not only the famed birthplace of the country, Independence Hall, but also the city’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility.
The last public event of the pontiff’s trip is scheduled for Sunday at 4 p.m. EDT. He will celebrate Mass in conjunction with the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, and you can watch the event live here.
During his visit, Pope Francis has made quite a splash. As the pope is known for favoring policies that are seen in the U.S. as more liberal than conservative, Republican lawmakers in the nation’s capital encouraged him before his address there to stay away from perceived partisan remarks about issues such as climate change. However, the pontiff did not avoid big issues: He had a little bit of something for everybody, and he spoke about abortions and the sanctity of life, an issue that appeals to conservatives in Congress.
Pope Francis also spoke about immigrants during his speech in New York Friday evening. He drew a crowd of passionate supporters who were excited to hear his message. Many viewed the pope as a fresh face for the Roman Catholic Church, someone steering it in a positive direction and into the future. He was neither a fake nor a politician, they said.
During his stay in Philadelphia, the pontiff addressed a crowd of about 40,000 in front of Independence Hall. He has been scheduled to depart Philadelphia for Rome at 8 p.m. EDT.