This week we joyfully welcome our Holy Father to the United States! Let Encourage and Teach serve as your resource on where to live-stream, locate live coverage, daily text, download resources and more!
By: Office of Communications
After months of anticipation, we’ve finally reached the eve of our Holy Father’s visit to the United States! Can you believe it? By this time tomorrow, Pope Francis will be – for the first time in his lifetime – landing on our soil. He will be canonizing Blessed Junípero Serra and will be the first Pope to address a joint session of Congress. You can bet there will be many more firsts, too.
Whether or not you have plans to see the Pontiff, here are five things – or T’s – to keep in mind:
Did you get one? Congratulations! Remember, all of the Papal events – with the exception of the Papal parade – are ticketed events. Each ticketed event has its own instructions, restrictions and guidelines. Please observe these directions closely. And remember, you MUST have your physical ticket or media credentials (issued specifically for the event) to enter the security gates and designated areas.
With major road closures announced – some beginning as early as 9 a.m. tomorrow – the roads into, out of, and around D.C. will be extremely congested. Live and/or work in Arlington or Alexandria? Be aware that the uptick in traffic is likely to cause back-up on major streets and highways – even into Virginia.
Taking the Metro this week? Because this is the suggested mode of transportation for event attendees, expect long lines at ticket stations and boarding. We recommend pre-purchasing your metro ticket or pre-loading additional funds to your Smart Trip card.
If you’re planning to attend a Papal event or the Papal parade, be sure to allocate plenty of this for travel and security checks. On the other hand, if you are spending extra time waiting, don’t let it be spent in vain – pack and extra rosary (or two) or your favorite spiritual reading to help pass the time. (We recommend The Great Reformer: Francis and the Making of a Radical Pope by Austin Ivereigh.)
Are you unable to make it to the Papal events or parade? EWTN and the USCCB will be live-streaming the events throughout the week – including the events in New York and Philadelphia. In fact, you might hear a few familiar voices listening to the USCCB, including those of Rev. Christopher Pollard, pastor at Saint John the Beloved in McLean; Corinne Monogue, Director of Multicultural Ministries; and, Elise Italiano, Director of Communications. Want to watch with friends? The Archdiocese of Washington will be hosting a viewing party on the National Mall beginning between 11 a.m. and noon with live coverage of Wednesday’s events. Viewers can view coverage on their television or online. Click here for the details.
Are you attending an event in D.C., New York or Philadelphia? Are you watching live from your television or mobile device? We want to know how the Holy Father’s message is stirring your heart! Be sure to tag @arlingtonchurch on Twitter and send your captioned photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. We’ll be retweeting you and you just might see your photos on the Encourage and Teach blog during the week of September 28.
For more information on Pope Francis’ schedule and where to find official text of his daily homilies and speeches, click here.
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