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Papal Visit 2015

 
Pope Francis greets a disabled woman overcome with emotion during a March 2015 general audience. CNS Photo/Paul HaringPope Francis holds up a jersey and notes that were presented to him during a March 2015 visit to a parish outside Rome. CNS Photo/Paul HaringPope Francis embraces a teen during his January 2015 visit to the Philippines. CNS Photo/Paul Haring

USCCB President Welcomes Pope Francis' 2015 Visit to the United States

Papal Visit 2015 Logo USA 150Pope Francis made his intention to travel to the United States for the 2015 World Meeting of Families public on November 17, 2014, in an address to the Colloquium on the Complementarity of Man and Woman at the Vatican.

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, president of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops welcomed the news

Papal Visit Preliminary Media Credentialing Information

“The presence of Pope Francis at the World Meeting of Families in our country will be a joyful moment for millions of Catholics and people of good will.  Our great hope has been that the Holy Father would visit us next year to inspire our families in their mission of love. It is a blessing to hear the pope himself announce the much anticipated news,” said Archbishop Kurtz.


While details of the pope's itinerary may not be available until midsummer, here are the dates and events that have been announced so far:

Washington, DC
September 24:  Address to Joint Session of United States Congress

New York, NY
September 25:  United Nations General Assembly Address

BACKGROUNDERS

Papal Visits to the United States

Pope Francis' previous international apostolic journeys.

Life and Ministry of Pope Francis

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U.N. Says Pope Francis Will Visit Morning of September 25

By Catholic News Service

UNITED NATIONS (CNS) -- U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed the announcement that Pope Francis would visit the United Nations the morning of Sept. 25 to address the U.N. General Assembly.

In a statement March 18, the United Nations also said the pope would meet separately with the secretary-general and with the president of the General Assembly and would participate in a town hall gathering with U.N. staff.

Ban noted that the pope's visit came during the United Nations' 70th anniversary, in which its members would make decisions about sustainable development, climate change and peace. He said he was confident the pope's visit would inspire the international community to redouble its efforts for social justice, tolerance and understanding.

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House Speaker Boehner Announces Pope Francis Will Address Congress

By Catholic News Service

WASHINGTON (CNS) -- House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced Feb. 5 that Pope Francis will address a joint meeting of Congress Sept. 24.

The pontiff's "historic visit" would make him the "first leader of the Holy See to address a joint meeting of Congress," Boehner said in a statement, adding that he was "truly grateful that Pope Francis has accepted our invitation."

Boehner noted that "in a time of global upheaval, the Holy Father's message of compassion and human dignity has moved people of all faiths and backgrounds. His teachings, prayers, and very example bring us back to the blessings of simple things and our obligations to one another."

"We look forward to warmly welcoming Pope Francis to our Capitol and hearing his address on behalf of the American people," he added

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