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

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June 30, 2015

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.

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)

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 Sept. 22-24 visit to the nation’s capital at a news conference at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in Washington June 30, after the Vatican published the detailed schedule of Pope Francis’ Sept. 19-22 visit to Cuba and his Sept. 22-27 visit to the United States.

St. Matthew Cathedral also is on the pope’s U.S. itinerary, as is a visit to an outreach program operated by Catholic Charities, where he will meet clients served by the agency.

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