Pope Francis to visit inmates, Independence Mall in Philadelphia

Written by The Associated Press | Jun 30, 2015 10:05 AM

Photo by AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano, Pool

(Philadelphia) --  Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia jail inmates the morning of an outdoor Mass that organizers say could attract a crowd of more than a million people. 

The Vatican released details of Francis' September 26-27 visit today, along with the official itinerary for the rest of his nine-day journey to the Americas. 

Francis is scheduled to arrive in Cuba on Septembert 20 and address Congress in Washington D.C. and the United Nations in New York before flying to Philadelphia. 

The itinerary includes a September 26 Mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul and a meeting at Independence Hall. 

"Across the Commonwealth, we are preparing in anticipation for the World Meeting of Families and Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia. Welcoming members of all faiths, unified by their shared commitment to the importance of strengthening families, the World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit provides a distinctive opportunity for Pennsylvanians to gather with visitors from across the country and around globe in a moment that highlights our similarities - not our differences," Governor Tom Wolf said in a statement. "Undoubtedly, the World Meeting of Families and visit of Pope Francis will be a momentous occasion, providing Pennsylvanians with a global platform for welcoming guests to our beautiful state."

The next day, he's set to meet with bishops attending the World Meeting of Families and inmates at the city's Curran-Fromhold jail before a mass on the city's Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

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