The Holy Father’s Schedule


Pope Francis’ journey from Rome to Cuba and then to the United States—the 10thforeign trip of his pontificate—begins Saturday, Sept. 19 and concludes Sunday, Sept. 27. He arrives home in Rome Monday, Sept. 28. 

All times are local unless otherwise indicated.

Saturday, Sept. 19 (Rome, Havana)

10:15 a.m. (4:15 a.m. EDT), Departure from Rome’s Fiumicino airport for Havana.

4:05 p.m. Arrival ceremony at Havana’s Jose Marti International Airport. Speech by pope.

Sunday, Sept. 20 (Havana)

9 a.m. Mass in Havana’s Revolution Square. Homily by pope. Recitation of the Angelus.

4 p.m. Courtesy visit with Cuba’s President Raul Castro in Havana’s Palace of the Revolution.

5:15 p.m. Celebration of vespers with priests, religious and seminarians in Havana’s cathedral. Homily by pope.

6:30 p.m. Greeting to young people at the Father Felix Varela cultural center in Havana. Remarks by pope.

Monday, Sept. 21 (Havana, Holguin, Santiago de Cuba, El Cobre)

8 a.m. Departure by air for Holguin, Cuba.

9:20 a.m. Arrival at Holguin’s Frank Pais International Airport.

10:30 a.m. Mass in Holguin’s Revolution Square. Homily by pope.

3:45 p.m. Blessing of the city of Holguin from Cross Hill (Loma de la Cruz).

4:40 p.m. Departure by air for Santiago de Cuba.

5:30 p.m. Arrival at Santiago de Cuba’s Antonio Maceo International Airport.

7 p.m. Meeting with bishops at the seminary of St. Basil the Great in El Cobre.

7:45 p.m. Prayer to Our Lady of Charity with bishops and the papal entourage in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre.

Tuesday, Sept. 22 (El Cobre, Santiago de Cuba, Washington, D.C.)

8 a.m. Mass in the Minor Basilica of the Shrine of Our Lady of Charity of El Cobre. Homily by pope.

11 a.m. Meeting with families in the Cathedral of Our Lady of Assumption in Santiago de Cuba. Speech by pope. Blessing of the city from the outside of the cathedral.

12:15 p.m. Farewell ceremony at Santiago de Cuba’s International Airport.

12:30 p.m. Departure for Washington, D.C.

4 p.m. Arrival from Cuba at Joint Base Andrews. Official welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 23 (Washington, D.C.)

9:15 a.m. Welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. Speech by pope, followed by a courtesy visit with President Barack Obama.

11 a.m. Papal Parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall 

11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with U.S. bishops in the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle. Speech by pope.

4:15 p.m. Mass and canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Homily by pope.

Thursday, Sept. 24 (Washington, D.C., New York)

9:20 a.m. Address to Joint Meeting of the U.S. Congress. Speech by pope.

11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick’s Catholic Church and meeting with homeless people. Greeting by pope.

4 p.m. Departure from Joint Base Andrews to New York.

5 p.m. Arrival at New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.

6:45 p.m. Celebration of vespers with priests, men and women religious in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. Homily by pope.

Friday, Sept. 25 (New York)

8:30 a.m. Visit the headquarters of the United Nations. Greeting and speech by pope.

11:30 a.m. Interreligious meeting at the National 9/11 Memorial and Museum. Speech by pope.

4 p.m. Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels Catholic Elementary School in East Harlem and meeting with children and immigrant families. Speech by pope.

5 p.m. Procession through Central Park (time approximate)

6 p.m. Mass at Madison Square Garden. Homily by pope.

Saturday, Sept. 26 (New York, Philadelphia)

8:40 a.m. Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport to Philadelphia.

9:30 a.m. Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia.

10:30 a.m., Mass with Pennsylvania’s bishops, priests, men and women religious at Philadelphia’s Cathedral Basilica of SS. Peter and Paul. Homily by pope.

4:45 p.m., Meeting for religious liberty with the Hispanic community and immigrants at Philadelphia’s Independence Mall. Speech by pope.

7:30 p.m. Festival of Families and prayer vigil along Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Speech by pope.

Sunday, Sept. 27 (Philadelphia)

9:15 a.m. Meeting with bishops taking part in the World Meeting of Families in St. Martin’s Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. Speech by pope.

11 a.m. Visit with prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. Speech by pope.

4 p.m. Closing Mass of the VIII World Meeting of Families along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Homily by pope.

7 p.m. Greeting to the organizing committee, volunteers and benefactors at Philadelphia’s International Airport. Speech by pope.

7:45 p.m. Farewell ceremony.

8 p.m. Departure for Rome.

Monday, Sept. 28 (Rome)

10 a.m. (4:45 a.m. EDT). Arrival at Rome’s Ciampino airport.