In September 2015, Pope Francis made an unforgettable visit to the Archdiocese of New York.
"My biggest word of thanks, though, must go to all the people of New York. You endured street closures and traffic jams, long lines for Central Park and Madison Square Garden and other disruptions to your daily routines. And, rather than complain, you responded to Pope Francis with an outpouring of exuberant warmth and welcome."
6:30 pm Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral
On Thursday evening, Pope Francis prayed Vespers at the newly restored and repaired St. Patrick's Cathedral. Special highlights included:
8:30 am Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly
Pope Francis addressed the United Nations General Assembly. UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki Moon, accompanied His Holiness. Special highlights included:
11:30 am Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center
Pope Francis attended a multi-religious service at the September 11th Memorial & Museum. Special highlights included:
4:00 pm Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem
On Friday Afternoon, Pope Francis visited Our Lady Queen of Angels School (OLQA) in East Harlem. He met with principals and students from OLQA, St. Paul, St. Charles Borromeo, and St. Ann as well as 150 immigrants and refugees assisted by Catholic Charities. Special highlights included:
5:00 pm Central Park Procession + Pre-Mass Event
Pope Francis processed through Central Park from 72nd street fown to 60th street in his pope-mobile and motorcade. As he made his way downtown blessing the crowds, A Journey in Faith, a very special afternoon program of prayer, reflections, and devotional music was also happening before the Mass at Madison Square Garden.
6:00 pm Mass at Madison Square Garden
On Friday evening, Pope Francis offered the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass at Madison Square Garden. Special highlights included: