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Women finish praying the rosary together at the top of the Philadelphia Museum of Art's iconic steps overlooking the  Philadelphia skyline May 27. Pope Francis will have a similar view, including more than 1 million people, when he celebrates Mass in Philadelphia during his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. (CNS photo/Matthew Gambino, CatholicPhilly.com) See POPE-USCUBA and POPE-PHILADELPHIA June 30, 2015.

Pope will visit as ‘pastor,’ not ‘politician,’ says Washington cardinal

June 30, 2015 WASHINGTON (CNS) — Pope Francis will make history during his visit to Washington in September, when he becomes the first pope to address a joint meeting of Congress and he says the first canonization Mass to be celebrated in the United States. Washington Cardinal Donald W. Wuerl outlined details of the pope’s…

St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City is seen through a fisheye lens June 29. Pope Francis will lead a vespers service with priests, men and women religious at the cathedral during his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz) See POPE-USCUBA June 30, 2015.

Mass for archdiocese, visit to prison top pope’s Philadelphia itinerary

June 30, 2015 PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — The first stop for Pope Francis when he visits Philadelphia the morning of Sept. 26 will be the Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul to celebrate a special Mass for the people of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. The previously unannounced Mass is part of the pope’s itinerary for…

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