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8 things to know as Pope Francis visits the USA

Posted: 5:14 PM, Sep 22, 2015
Updated: 2015-09-22 18:14:21-04
8 things to know as Pope Francis visits the USA
8 things to know as Pope Francis visits the USA

Pope Francis arrived in the United States on the afternoon of Tuesday, Sept. 22, after wrapping up a three-day visit to Cuba.

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8 things to know about his visit

1. Itinerary: The Pope will visit Washington, D.C., New York City, and Philadelphia between Sept. 22 and Sept. 27 (scroll down for full schedule).

2. Pope Francis is just the third pope to visit Washington, DC.

3. This is the pontiff's first visit to the United States.

4. According to a Gallup Poll (July 2015), "Pope Francis' favorability rating in the U.S. has returned to where it was when he was elected pope. It is now at 59%, down from 76% in early 2014." 

5. As the head of state of Vatican City, Pope Francis will receive a State Arrival Ceremony at the White House South Lawn on Wednesday at 8:15 a.m on. Sept. 23. The next day the pontiff will address a joint session of Congress.

6. The Pope will celebrate mass in each city he visits.

7. "He's coming as a pastor of souls and a prophet, not a politician," said Archbishop Joseph Kurtz, president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops. At the same time, the Pope will likely encourage Catholics to put their faith into action, Kurtz added. (Source: CNN)

8. Rep. Paul Gosar, a Republican -- and Catholic -- from Arizona, plans to boycott the Pope's speech to Congress because of reports that the pontiff will focus on climate change. (Source: CNN)

"When the Pope chooses to act and talk like a leftist politician," Gosar says, "then he can expect to be treated like one."

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