During an in-flight news conference on Monday, Pope Francis confirmed that his trip to the United States would include stops to New York and Washington D.C. His trip to the United States already includes a visit to Philadelphia. The pontiff would arrive in Washington the evening of Sept. 22 and travel to New York two days later, Archbishop Bernardito Auza, one of the organizers, told Catholic News Agency.
During his Washington visit, he would visit the White House; celebrate Mass at Washington’s Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in September. The next morning he would address Congress. He is scheduled to address the United Nations and is attempting to schedule in a visit to Ground Zero. Pope Francis’s spokesman Reverand Federico Lombardi called the plans provisional and that nothing has been set in stone. Pope Francis said his 2015 travel plans include visits to Ecuador, Bolivia, Paraguay, the Central African Republic and Uganda. Pope Francis will deliver Mass and conduct a prayer vigil during the families meeting. He is scheduled to visit a children’s hospital or a juvenile prison.
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