Mayor Travels to Washington D.C. For the arrival of Pope Francis at the White House on his First Visit to the U.S.

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Pope Francis will begin his first visit to the United States by flying in to Joint Base Andrews on Wednesday afternoon, arriving directly from Cuba after a three-day visit. During his 48-hour stay in Washington D.C., Francis will meet with President Obama, deliver an address to a joint session of congress, and visit the headquarters of Catholic Charities of Washington where he is expected to meet with a group of the homeless.

“This is a historic moment for the United States," said Mayor Bob Buckhorn. "Having been born and raised Catholic, it is truly a humbling experience to join the President of the United States in welcoming Pope Francis for his first visit. His compassion for so many and inclusive and uplifting messages are truly refreshing. His presence here will leave a lasting impression on millions for years to come.”

During the remainder of his 6-day visit, Francis will address the United Nations, attend a multi-faith prayer gathering at the World Trade Center 9/11 Memorial and Museum, visit with groups of immigrants in New York and Philadelphia, and give a speech on religion liberty at Independence Hall. He is expected to speak on issues including immigration, the environment, and poverty.

Mayor Buckhorn will depart for Washington D.C. Tuesday evening and return Wednesday evening. To set up an interview with the Mayor in D.C. contact Ashley Bauman.

For additional information, please contact:
Ashley Bauman, Director of Public Affairs