WASHINGTON - The public will get the chance to see Pope Francis in person in D.C. on Wednesday, September 23, when he rides in the Popemobile during a parade that will take him around the White House Ellipse and along part of the National Mall.
The Archdiocese of Washington announced Thursday that the Pope will travel along the National Mall in his Popemobile on September 23 after visiting with President Obama at the White House. While this leg of his tour will be free and open to the public, visitors will have to pass through heavy security in order to take part.
Security gates will be open at 4:00 a.m. and will close at 10:00 a.m. Once inside, the Archdiocese says no one will be allowed to leave and re-enter until the parade is complete. Visitors can also gather near the Washington Monument to watch live coverage of the parade on a large video screen.
For a complete list of items that will not be allowed inside security, click here.
Later the same day, Pope Francis will address the U.S. bishops at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle, and will hold Mass for the Canonization for Blessed Junipero Serra.
Pope Francis arrives in D.C. on Tuesday, September 22. On Thursday, September 24, he will address a joint meeting of the U.S. Congress before departing later in the day for New York City.
HERE'S THE POPE'S COMPLETE D.C. SCHEDULE:
Tuesday, September 22, 2015:
- Pope Francis will begin his pastoral visit to the United States with his arrival at Andrews Air Force Base in the afternoon.
Wednesday, September 23, 2015:
- Welcoming ceremony at the White House followed by a private meeting with President Obama.
- Parade around the White House Ellipse and along the National Mall
- Mid-day prayer with the bishops of the United States at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle.
- Mass in the afternoon 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. During the Mass, the pope will canonize Blessed Junipero Serra.
Thursday, September 24, 2015:
- Address joint meeting of the U.S. Congress in the morning.
- Visit St. Patrick’s Catholic Church in D.C. and meet with several clients of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington in late morning.
- Blessing and brief remarks to the clients gathered at lunchtime for the St. Maria Meals Program of the Catholic Charities for the Archdiocese of Washington.
- Depart for New York City from Andrews Air Force Base.