Pope Francis is visiting the United States from September 22 through September 27. He will be visiting Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia, where he will be joining the 2015 World Meeting of Families.
- Schedule for the Holy Father’s Visit
- United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)’s Full Coverage Website
- Catechetical/Teaching Resources
How You Can Get Involved
Pray. Those who are not traveling to see Pope Francis during his three-city apostolic visit to the United States can join in a virtual pilgrimage with these prayers for each stop on his journey.
Watch and Listen. There are a variety of ways to watch and listen to coverage of the papal visit on television, online video streams and radio.
– Major broadcast and cable news networks (i.e. ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, etc). Check with those channels for schedules.
– EWTN will be airing continuous coverage. Find the EWTN channel on your cable provider with the EWTN channel finder.
– Bright House Networks will be offering 24 hour coverage on channel 199 SD, 1212 HD and 1341 HD. That channel will also be available on the Bright House TV app and on the local on demand channel 999.
– Verizon Fios will be offering 24 hour coverage on channel 61 SD and 601 HD starting on 9/22 through 9/27.
Special guests will be providing commentary and explanations of several events as they happen, which include:
– Canonization Mass of Blessed Junipero Serra
– Holy Father’s visit to Catholic Charities in Washington, D.C.
– Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City
– Mass at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia
– Blessing and remarks on Independence Mall
– Festival of Families
– Holy Father’s visit to St. Charles Borromeo Seminary
– Holy Father’s visit to the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility
– Closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia
– #Pope2Congress Online Watch Party on 9/24 via the Ignatian Solidarity Network
– Closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families on 9/27 – watch it on the free Go Philadelphia! app (download it here from the Apple Store / Google Play Store). The app will provide real-time translation and captioning in eight languages during portions of the Mass.
– The Catholic Channel on Sirius XM Channel 129.
Participate. To see how pilgrims from the Diocese of St. Petersburg are participating, whether journeying to Washington, D.C., New York City, Philadelphia or by having watch parties or other activities at home, follow the hashtag #DOSPpope on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook and watch the diocesan Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram accounts.
Download and print out your own #FlatFrancis with which to take selfies or photos.
Post your pilgrimage, #FlatFrancis or watch party photos publicly on social media with the hashtag #DOSPpope and tag @DioStPete on Twitter and Instagram or the “Catholic Diocese of St. Petersburg” on Facebook. Photos shared will be added to a special photo album that will be featured on the diocesan website and social media. Not on social media? Email your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org and they will be added to the album.
– Host a watch party at your parish or home.
- #Pope2Congress watch party at the 2015 Diocesan Stewardship Day on 9/24. Details and Registration.
- Watch parties in Spanish at Most Holy Name of Jesus Parish in Gulfport. Details and schedule.
– Send a joke to Pope Francis at http://jokewiththepope.org/.