Archdiocese of Washington Welcomes Pope Francis Visit
The Holy See Press Office confirmed that the Holy Father will celebrate an outdoor Mass on the afternoon of September 23 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, where he will canonize Blessed Junípero Serra. Plans for the Mass are still pending, but the congregation will assemble in the area surrounding the Basilica, including The Catholic University of America’s 3.6 acre university mall.
While all details of Pope Francis’ trip have not yet been finalized, there are several events that have been made public to-date: the White House has announced that the president will meet with Pope Francis on September 23 and Speaker John Boehner has announced that the Holy Father will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress on September 24.
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