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Pope Washington DC Visit


Here’s what you need to know about the Pope Washington DC visit.

The Pope will be making his first visit to the U.S. in September, stopping in Washington, D.C., New York and Philadelphia. He is the fourth reigning Pontiff to visit our nation in its history. There will be several opportunities for those eager to catch a glimpse of the Pope during his visit to Washington, D.C.

Itinerary – Washington, D.C.

Quick Tip: Your best shot to see the pope is Wednesday’s Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Tuesday, September 22

  • 4 p.m.: Pope arrives at Joint Base Andrews

Wednesday, September 23

  • 9:15 a.m.: Welcoming ceremony on South Lawn of the White House; brief remarks from Pope Francis and President Barack Obama followed by a private meeting with the president
  • 11:30 a.m.: Midday prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew’s Cathedral
  • 4:15 p.m.: Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception and the University Mall at the Catholic University of America. Tickets will be distributed through the Archdiocese of Washington to parishes, but information about logistics have not been released.

Thursday, September 24

  • 9:20 a.m.: Address to joint session of the United States Congress, which will be broadcast live to members of the public on the West Front of the Capitol
  • 10:15 a.m.: Possible brief appearance on the Mall from the Capitol’s West Front
  • 11:15 a.m.: Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington
  • 12 p.m.: Blessing and brief remarks to the clients gathered at lunchtime for the St. Maria Meals Program of Catholic Charities
  • 4 p.m.: Depart from Joint Base Andrews

Make your plans early. Public events are expected to be inundated and accommodations are quickly running out.

Stay in Montgomery County:

Montgomery County is located on the northwestern border of our nation’s capital. Silver Spring, Chevy Chase and Bethesda are just 5 minutes from the Washington, D.C. line.

Transportation to Montgomery County:

From the county’s seat, the City of Rockville, visitors are equidistant from three major Metro DC airports: Thurgood Marshall Baltimore/Washington International Airport (BWI), Ronald Reagan Washington National (DCA), and Dulles International (IAD), all within a 45-minute drive.
The Metrorail (the region’s subway system) has 13 Red Line Stations in Montgomery County all leading into Washington, D.C. and surrounding regional destination.


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One thought on “Pope Washington DC Visit

  1. Patrticia Orlove +

    What a great honor to have the Pope visit our President and some of the people in the United States. Pat Orlove

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