Pope Francis waves from the top of the stairs of his plane at the airport in Santiago, Cuba, Sept. 22, 2015. 
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Here’s the schedule for Pope Francis’ 6-day American tour


Pope Francis touches down in the nation’s capital on Tuesday for his first-ever trip to the United States. His whirlwind, six-day American tour begins with a greeting from President Barack Obama. While the pope will also address the United Nations and a joint-session of Congress, he has scheduled audiences with America’s homeless, immigrant, and prison populations, too.

Where will Pope Francis make news? Here’s his schedule, as outlined by the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

Tuesday, Sept. 22 (Washington, D.C.)

4:00 p.m. ET: Arrival from Cuba and greeting from President Obama at Joint Base Andrews

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

9:15 a.m. ET: Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House

11:00 a.m. ET: Papal Parade along the Ellipse and the National Mall 

11:30 a.m. ET: Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew’s Cathedral

4:15 p.m. ET: Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra, Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception 

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

9:20 a.m. ET: Address to Joint Meeting of the United States Congress 

11:15 a.m. ET: Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington

4:00 p.m. ET: Depart from Joint Base Andrews

5:00 p.m. ET: Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport

6:45 p.m. ET: Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral 

Friday, Sept. 25 (New York City)

8:30 a.m. ET: Visit to the United Nations and Address to the United Nations General Assembly

11:30 a.m. ET: Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center 

4:00 p.m. ET: Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem

5:00 p.m. ET: Procession through Central Park 

6:00 p.m. ET: Mass at Madison Square Garden

Saturday, Sept. 26 (New York City/Philadelphia)

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

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

10:30 a.m. ET: Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul, Philadelphia 

4:45 p.m. ET: Visit to Independence Mall

7:30 p.m. ET: Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Sunday, Sept. 27 (Philadelphia)

9:15 a.m. ET: Meeting with bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary 

11:00 a.m. ET: Visit to Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility 

4:00 p.m. ET: Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway 

7:00 p.m. ET: Visit with organizers, volunteers, and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, Atlantic Aviation 

8:00 p.m. ET: Departure for Rome

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Here's the schedule for Pope Francis' 6-day American tour