Pope to Meet With Homeless, Immigrants, Prisoners on Upcoming U. - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Pope to Meet With Homeless, Immigrants, Prisoners on Upcoming U.S. Trip

Posted:

 VATICAN CITY (AP) - Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States and become the first pope to address the U.S. Congress. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty - a major issue for U.S. bishops in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

The Vatican published the itinerary Tuesday for the eagerly awaited Sept. 19-28 visit.

Francis added the Cuba leg onto the start of his U.S. trip after helping contribute to the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

In Cuba, he'll celebrate Mass in Revolution Square in Havana - as both of his immediate predecessors did during their trips to the Caribbean island nation. He'll travel to Holguin and pray before the Virgin of Charity of Cobre, the patron of Cuba, and meet with Cuban families in the eastern city of Santiago.

Francis arrives in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 22 and the next day will be welcomed at the White House by President Barack Obama.

He will address Congress on Sept. 24, and will meet with homeless people later in the day at a local parish, St. Patrick's.

On Sept. 25, Francis will speak on sustainable development at the United Nations, where he'll have another opportunity to voice his concerns about the environment.

Republicans in the U.S. Congress, and even some Republican U.S. presidential candidates, have largely shrugged off Francis' denunciation of the current global economic system in which he says wealthy countries exploit the poor and pollute the Earth in the process.

Nevertheless, U.S. House Speaker John Boehner said lawmakers were welcoming the unprecedented papal address to Congress "with open ears and hearts."

Francis will host an interfaith gathering at Ground Zero in New York and meet with children and immigrant families in Harlem.

Unlike his predecessors, Francis has no meeting planned with the Jewish community, though U.S. church officials said Jewish representatives would participate in the interfaith event. An unannounced encounter with victims of priestly sexual abuse is also a possibility.

While Pope Paul VI in 1965, St. John Paul II in 1979 and Benedict XVI in 2008 celebrated Mass in Yankee Stadium, Francis will celebrate Mass for a smaller crowd in Madison Square Garden. He'll also preside over a vespers service at the newly spruced-up St. Patrick's Cathedral.

On Sept. 26, he will join the church's World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, a big rally for the Catholic Church's traditional teaching on families. He will host a "meeting for religious liberty" on Independence Mall with immigrants and the Hispanic community, the Vatican itinerary said.

U.S. Catholic bishops have for years decried what they say are attacks on religious liberty, particularly over national health care laws that require insurance coverage for contraception.

The bishops' latest rallying cry has come in the wake of the Supreme Court decision declaring that same-sex marriage is legal nationwide.

While the decision does not compel any clergy - Catholic or otherwise - to marry gay couples, there are concerns that the massive network of faith-based charities, hospitals and schools in the U.S., many of which accept some government funding, will be forced to recognize same-sex couples by providing benefits to same-sex spouses or placing adoptive children with gay couples.

While Francis has fiercely upheld church teaching that marriage is between a man and woman, he and the Vatican as a whole tend to consider religious liberty in more global terms, with Christians being slaughtered for their faith across the Middle East and parts of Africa by Islamic militants.

"I wouldn't be surprised if he reminded Americans that religious freedom issues in the United States are not the same as religious freedom issues around the globe," said Christopher Bellitto, an expert on church history at Kean University in New Jersey.

Francis will visit prisoners at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia before celebrating the final Mass of the family meeting on Sept. 27, a celebration expected to draw some 1.5 million people in what is expected to be his largest gathering on U.S. soil.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • Contrasting Virginia Campaigns Could Affect Control of House

    Contrasting Virginia Campaigns Could Affect Control of House

    Jul 19, 2018 11:57 PM2018-07-20 03:57:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 11:57 PM EDT2018-07-20 03:57:04 GMT
    Some GOP congressmen in Virginia want nothing to do with their own party's provocative candidate for Senate.More
    Some GOP congressmen in Virginia want nothing to do with their own party's provocative candidate for Senate.More
  • Delaware, Maryland Granted Transmission Line Cost Rehearing

    Delaware, Maryland Granted Transmission Line Cost Rehearing

    Jul 19, 2018 9:39 PM2018-07-20 01:39:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 9:39 PM EDT2018-07-20 01:39:47 GMT
    The Federal Regulatory Commission on Thursday granted a rehearing sought by Delaware and Maryland officials over planned cost allocations for a $278 million regional electric transmission line project.More
    The Federal Regulatory Commission on Thursday granted a rehearing sought by Delaware and Maryland officials over planned cost allocations for a $278 million regional electric transmission line project.More
  • Delaware State Fair Kicks Off in Harrington

    Delaware State Fair Kicks Off in Harrington

    Jul 19, 2018 6:58 PM2018-07-19 22:58:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:59 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:59:32 GMT
    HARRINGTON, Del. --- The 99th Annual Delaware State Fair kicked off Thursday in Harrington. The event runs for 10 days at the fairgrounds and features amusement park rides, food vendors, agriculture exhibits, and other events like concerts. The event starMore
    HARRINGTON, Del. --- The 99th Annual Delaware State Fair kicked off Thursday in Harrington. The event runs for 10 days at the fairgrounds and features amusement park rides, food vendors, agriculture exhibits, and other events like concerts. The event starMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • 40 German Shepherd's Removed From Kennel Near Pocomoke

    40 German Shepherds Removed From Kennel Near Pocomoke

    Jul 19, 2018 6:34 PM2018-07-19 22:34:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:37 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:37:06 GMT
    Jolindy's Kennel (Photo WBOC)Jolindy's Kennel (Photo WBOC)
    Jolindy's Kennel (Photo WBOC)Jolindy's Kennel (Photo WBOC)
    POCOMOKE, Md. - Last Friday Dog Control in Westover received an anonymous complaint about Jolindy's Kennel stating that the property is dirty and there were concerns for the dogs living there. Linda Brown is the owner of the kennel and she was surprised wMore
    POCOMOKE, Md. - Yesterday 40 German Shepherds were removed from Jolindy's Kennel. More
  • Delaware Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing Minor

    Delaware Man Convicted of Sexually Abusing Minor

    Jul 19, 2018 4:58 PM2018-07-19 20:58:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 4:58 PM EDT2018-07-19 20:58:05 GMT
    Bruce Bilal Anding, 31Bruce Bilal Anding, 31
    Bruce Bilal Anding, 31Bruce Bilal Anding, 31
    A Delaware man has been convicted of sexually abusing a minor among other charges.More
    A Delaware man has been convicted of sexually abusing a minor among other charges.More
  • Nearly Half of July's Overdoses Were in Sussex County

    Nearly Half of July's Overdoses Were in Sussex County

    Jul 19, 2018 6:11 PM2018-07-19 22:11:00 GMT
    Thursday, July 19 2018 6:16 PM EDT2018-07-19 22:16:19 GMT
    (Photo: AP)(Photo: AP)
    (Photo: AP)(Photo: AP)
    SEAFORD, De- The opioid epidemic continues to ravage the nation, including here in Sussex County where nearly half of the deaths from drug overdoses this month are from Delaware's southern-most county.More
    SEAFORD, De- The opioid epidemic continues to ravage the nation, including here in Sussex County where nearly half of the deaths from drug overdoses this month are from Delaware's southern-most county.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • 40 German Shepherd's Removed From Kennel Near Pocomoke

    40 German Shepherd's Removed From Kennel Near Pocomoke

    Last Friday Dog Control in Westover received an anonymous complaint about Jolindy's Kennel stating that the property is dirty and there were concerns for the dogs living there. 

    Linda Brown is the owner of the kennel and she was surprised when the Somerset County Sheriff Department showed up yesterday with animal control officers to remove all 40 of her German Shepherds.

    More

    Last Friday Dog Control in Westover received an anonymous complaint about Jolindy's Kennel stating that the property is dirty and there were concerns for the dogs living there. 

    Linda Brown is the owner of the kennel and she was surprised when the Somerset County Sheriff Department showed up yesterday with animal control officers to remove all 40 of her German Shepherds.

    More
  • Nearly Half of July's Overdoses Were in Sussex County

    Nearly Half of July's Overdoses Were in Sussex County

    The opioid epidemic continues to ravage the nation, including here in Sussex County where nearly half of the deaths from drug overdoses this month are from Delaware's southern-most county. 

    The recent spike has prompted a state warning specifically targeted at heroin users. According to the release, the uptick may be the result of heroin being laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid much more powerful than most drugs. 

    More

    The opioid epidemic continues to ravage the nation, including here in Sussex County where nearly half of the deaths from drug overdoses this month are from Delaware's southern-most county. 

    The recent spike has prompted a state warning specifically targeted at heroin users. According to the release, the uptick may be the result of heroin being laced with fentanyl, a synthetic opioid much more powerful than most drugs. 

    More
  • Unexpected Discovery Made in Ocean City Median Project

    Unexpected Discovery Made in Ocean City Median Project

    Cones and construction are scattered along Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Initially postponed, the median project will put a divider up in the middle of the two lanes of traffic from 44th to 62nd St.

    State Highway Administration confirms the median project is on schedule and is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, but some folks in town have their doubts about that completion time.

    More

    Cones and construction are scattered along Coastal Highway in Ocean City. Initially postponed, the median project will put a divider up in the middle of the two lanes of traffic from 44th to 62nd St.

    State Highway Administration confirms the median project is on schedule and is expected to be completed by Memorial Day, but some folks in town have their doubts about that completion time.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2018 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices