Pope Francis’ schedule for the World Meeting of Families has just been released, and it features the Main Line prominently. On Sept. 27 at 9:15 a.m., Pope Francis is scheduled to meet with bishops at Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood. Although the visit will be brief (he is expected in northeast Philadelphia by 11 a.m.) he will become only the fifth Pope to visit the Main Line. According to the seminary, which is the oldest Catholic organization of higher learning in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, Popes Pius XII, Paul VI, John Paul II, and Benedict XVI also paid visits.
The highlight of the Pope’s visit is the Festival of Families and the mass he will lead on Sunday, Sept. 27 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Included in the event are musical performances from Andrea Bocelli, Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra, among others. For more information, visit www.worldmeeting2015.org.
Pope Francis’ Itinerary:
Saturday September 26, 2015
9:30 a.m. Arrive at Philadelphia International Airport
10:30 a.m. Holy Mass with bishops, clergy, religious men and women at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Center City
4:45 p.m. Meeting with the Hispanic community and other immigrants on the topic of religious freedom at Independence Mall
7:30 p.m. Festival of Families and prayer vigil on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Sunday September 27, 2015
9:15 a.m. Meeting with bishops at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood
11:00 a.m. Visit inmates and their families at Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
4:00 p.m. Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway
7:00 p.m. Greet the organizing committee, volunteers and benefactors at Philadelphia International