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Pope Francis’ Papal Visit

Apr. 13, 2015

Pope Francis’ Papal Visit

Pope Francis is currently visiting Cuba.  For live coverage on Papal Mass in Cuba, visit CatholicTV live.

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Pope Francis will be visiting the United States of America for the first time since he was elected Pope in 2013.   He will publicly be celebrating Mass in Philadelphia the weekend after the World Meeting of Families.  (See the World Meeting of Families site for more information).  He will also briefly attend the Festival of Families, a festival of music, art, and culture that closes the World Meeting.  
The Papal Mass is scheduled to take place at 4PM on Sunday Sept. 27, 2015, in front of the Art Museum on the Ben Franklin Parkway in downtown Philadelphia.  The City of Philadelphia is anticipating 2 million people in attendance.  
The Festival of Families will take place the evening before, Saturday Sept. 26th from 6:30pm to 9:30pm, also on the Ben Franklin Parkway. 
Neither of these events requires tickets.  Do anticipate large crowds. 
Travel agents who helped Boston pilgrims arrange hotels:
Damian Wargo

Philadelphia Pilgrimage
Gregory Sylvain

Canterbury Tours

Pacceli Braga
Sacra Tours
617 777 6882
781 507 0102
(Speaks English, Spanish, and Portuguese)

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