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Pope Francis visits United States


When Pope Francis touches down at Andrews Air Force Base on Tuesday, he will set off on the kind of backbreaking itinerary for which this 78-year-old pontiff has become known. With 18 scheduled stops in three states over six days, the pope’s pace will be challenging to match.

A complete rundown of Francis’ schedule from Sept. 22-27 can be found on the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

But unless you’re paid to cover Francis’ every utterance or you’re more Catholic than … you know — you’ll probably want a cheat sheet to know which papal events are really worth your attention. That’s where we come in.


Pope Francis visits United States

Pope Francis visits United States



Arrival at Andrews Air Force Base Sept. 22, 4 p.m.

President Obama, Vice President Biden, and their wives will personally welcome the pope, an honor extended to no other world leader. There will be plenty of body language to interpret — but little else.

White House welcome and meeting with President Obama Sept. 23, 9:15 a.m.

An intimate group of 15,000 will gather on the South Lawn to witness Pope Francis’ arrival at the White House. It is expected that the pope and Obama will reemerge on the Truman Balcony for a photo op before meeting privately in the Oval Office — and Francis may say a few words to the crowd. But given the setting and the pontiff’s uneasy relationship with English, he’s unlikely to go beyond a few phrases. Wait for the official readouts of the meeting from the White House and the Vatican press offices.

Prayer with the U.S. bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral Sept. 23, 11:30 a.m.

The joint address to Congress and speech to the U.N. will get more attention, but this may be the most significant talk Francis gives in the U.S. Some of the most blunt remarks of this papacy have been directed to fellow clergy. (His 2014 Christmas message to the cardinals, bishops and priests who run the Holy See included a cataloging of their top 15 failings.) The pope will speak to the U.S. bishops in Spanish, which will allow him to be more pointed and open to going off script. If all you’ve seen of the pope is his warm huggy-bear side, this appearance is a must-see in order to understand the reformer role Francis is playing as well.

Address to joint session of Congress Sept. 24, 9:20 a.m.

The first pope to address the U.S. Congress, Francis will find a warm reception from representatives and senators, one-third of whom are Catholic. His speech, which will be in English, is likely to be relatively brief. Possible topics include: climate change, economic inequality, the Middle East, dignity of life, immigration, criminal justice, religious freedom and racial injustice. Keep an eye on former altar boys Joe Biden and John Boehner, seated directly behind the pope while he speaks. They are divided by most of these same issues but will be united for the day in their fan-boy admiration for this pope. A must-see.

Lunch with Catholic Charities clients Sept. 24, 11:15 a.m.

The pope’s presence at the White House and Congress on Wednesday is in response to invitations, but the stop he requested for his itinerary is lunch with some of Washington’s most vulnerable residents outside the headquarters for Catholic Charities of the archdiocese of Washington. This is one of the few such gatherings at which video cameras will be allowed, so it’s likely we’ll see some classic Francis pastoral moments.


Address to the United Nations General Assembly Sept. 25, 8:30 a.m.

Francis’ speech to the General Assembly takes place two months before the U.N.’s Paris climate change conference, so it will come as no surprise if he spends a good portion of his remarks — which will be in Spanish — on the topic. As he did in his recent encyclical, the pope can be expected to link the issues of climate change, consumerism, and global poverty.

Mass at Madison Square Garden Sept. 25, 6 p.m.

This is a wild card event. The pope always includes topical references in his homilies, but it is anyone’s guess whether those remarks will be extensive or if the pace of the trip will be catching up to him by this point.


Visit to Independence Mall Sept. 26, 4:45 p.m.

Using the same podium from which Abraham Lincoln delivered the Gettysburg Address, Pope Francis will speak to a crowd of roughly 50,000 — drawn largely from Hispanic and immigrant communities. His remarks are expected to focus on religious liberty and immigration, which will have particular resonance given the ongoing GOP presidential campaign. Don’t be surprised if Francis singles out young Hispanics, who make up a majority of younger Catholics in the U.S. but who studies show are leaving the church at higher rates than their parents’ and grandparents’ generations.

The Festival of Families on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept. 26, 7:30 pm.

At least 1 million people are expected to attend the international celebration, part of the World Meeting of Families. The pope will offer some brief remarks, but the real reason to watch? A performance by the one and only Aretha Franklin.

Meeting with international bishops at St. Martin’s Chapel Sept. 27, 9:15 am.

As he did in his talk to the U.S. bishops in Washington, Francis may use the opportunity to challenge his brothers in Christ. He will speak in Spanish, and because his audience is in town to attend the World Meeting of Families, his comments will be dissected to see if they provide a preview of the sure-to-be-controversial Synod of Bishops on family issues in Rome next month.

Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility Sept. 27, 11 am.

Francis’ ministry to prisoners has been a key aspect not just of his papacy but of his time in Buenos Aires as well. One of his first outings after becoming pope was a Holy Thursday service at which he washed the feet of a dozen juvenile inmates in Rome. . On his recent trip to Bolivia, the pope spoke at the infamous Palmasola Prison, known for violence and overcrowding, and told prisoners he was a sinner like them. At Curran-Fromhold, he’ll meet with 100 selected prisoners and their families, and he will probably use the opportunity to urge U.S. leaders to take action on criminal justice and prison reform. (This stop will not be televised, but a handful of journalists — including Yahoo News — will accompany Pope Francis to the prison.)

Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families Sept. 27, 4 p.m.

Pope Francis will wrap up his first ever visit to the U.S. with a massive gathering along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway — up to 2 million people are expected to attend. The pope will celebrate Mass and most likely speak briefly about economic justice, which also happens to be the topic of this week’s lectionary reading. If you’re not poped out, it’s worth tuning in to see an enormous crowd of Philadelphians cheering exhortations to take care of the poor — instead of a sack by the Eagles’ defensive line.

Pope Francis visits United State Of America


*Source: CNN – Yahoo

Henry Kissinger

“It’s not a matter of what is true that counts  

but a matter of what is perceived to be true.”

 Born on May 27, 1923, in Fürth, Germany. Henry Kissinger became a Harvard professor before assuming leadership in U.S. foreign policy.

He was appointed secretary of state in 1973 by President Richard Nixon and co-won the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in the Vietnam War’s Paris accords. He was later critiqued for some of his covert actions at home and abroad. Kissinger is also a prolific author.

Henry A. Kissinger

Henry Kissinger was sworn in on September 22, 1973, as the 56th Secretary of State, a position he held until January 20, 1977.

He also served as Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs from January 20, 1969, until November 3, 1975.

At present, Dr. Henry A. Kissinger is Chairman of Kissinger Associates, Inc., an international consulting firm. For a detailed list of Dr. Kissinger’s other activities.


Henry Kissinger



Diplomat Henry Kissinger was U.S. secretary of state under Richard Nixon, winning the 1973 Nobel Peace Prize for the Vietnam War accords.




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We will never forget September 11

A resilient nation will look forward to the future !

Sept. 11, 2001, brought Americans closer, however briefly, as many looked to one another for strength, courage and comfort.

We will never forget September 11

We will never forget September 11

On September 11, 2001, 19 militants associated with the Islamic extremist group al-Qaeda hijacked four airliners and carried out suicide attacks against targets in the United States. Two of the planes were flown into the towers of the World Trade Center in New York City, a third plane hit the Pentagon just outside Washington, D.C., and the fourth plane crashed in a field in Pennsylvania. Often referred to as 9/11, the attacks resulted in extensive death and destruction, triggering major U.S. initiatives to combat terrorism and defining the presidency of George W. Bush. Over 3,000 people were killed during the attacks in New York City and Washington, D.C., including more than 400 police officers and firefighters.

We will never forget September 11

September 11, 2001, was the deadliest day in history for New York City

On September 11, 2001, at 8:45 a.m. on a clear Tuesday morning, an American Airlines Boeing 767 loaded with 20,000 gallons of jet fuel crashed into the north tower of the World Trade Center in New York City. The impact left a gaping, burning hole near the 80th floor of the 110-story skyscraper, instantly killing hundreds of people and trapping hundreds more in higher floors. As the evacuation of the tower and its twin got underway, television cameras broadcasted live images of what initially appeared to be a freak accident. Then, 18 minutes after the first plane hit, a second Boeing 767–United Airlines Flight 175–appeared out of the sky, turned sharply toward the World Trade Center and sliced into the south tower near the 60th floor. The collision caused a massive explosion that showered burning debris over surrounding buildings and the streets below. America was under attack.

*Source: http://www.history.com/topics/9-11-attacks


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