MEDIA ADVISORY: Deadline July 31 for Media Credentials for Pope Francis’ Visit to the United States and the World Meeting of Families

July 14, 2015 By Public Affairs Office
Media should complete the credentialing process for Pope Francis’ visit to the United States and the World Meeting of Families no later than July 31.

If as part of this application, you wish to be considered for a media credential to cover the World Meeting of Families Congress (September 22-25) in Philadelphia, please note that media will be able to access the media center, keynote addresses, daily Masses and breakout sessions as part of the Congress coverage. An approved credential to cover the Congress does not extend to events where Pope Francis is present in Philadelphia or to the media filing center after 1 p.m. on Friday, September 25.

This accreditation process will NOT provide credentials for events at the White House, the U.S. Congress or the United Nations.

Accreditation Process

Media wishing to cover Pope Francis’ visit and/or the World Meeting of Families must apply to receive a Media Credential through a U.S. Secret Service/Ardian Group Inc. online application process via the following link: (En español:

The U.S. Secret Service accreditation process involves a thorough and lengthy review of all applications for accuracy and proper security screening.

Application requests sent by email, phone or any other manner will not be accepted. If your organization has more than 20 applicants, please email @email for specific application processes for bulk applications.

General Information

Official media centers in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia will provide a live video feed of public events for viewing, advance copies of official texts, workspace with basic electricity and Internet connection and access to a team of experts and media relation officers. Only credentialed media will be provided access to the services of the official media centers.

All events will include space for credentialed media, but not all credentialed media will be able to attend all events. Because of space limitations, a pool feed will be necessary for some events. Because of security and transportation logistics, any one individual can consider being onsite for only ONE public event each day.

Due to road closures, security barricades and lack of parking for many of the venues, credentialed media will be provided bus transportation to and from the media center hotels to cover the public events. This will be the only way for credentialed media to access assigned locations. Bus movements will be posted after “sweep times” have been finalized by security entities.
For more information, including the schedule of events, please visit
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James Rogers
O: 202-541-3201