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Pope Francis will visit the United States and Cuba September 19 – 28.

According to the Vatican, Francis will meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants during his stay in America.

After meeting with President Barack Obama on Sept. 23 and addressing the Congress on Sept. 24 in Washington D.C., Francis will meet with homeless people at a local parish, Yahoo News reports.

On Sept. 25, the pontiff will hold a keynote speech about sustainable development at the United Nations, and afterwards host an interfaith gathering at the WTC site in downtown Manhattan as well as meeting with children and immigrant families in Harlem. Francis will also celebrate Mass in New York’s Madison Square Garden and preside over a vespers service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

On Sept. 26, Francis participates in the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. The event is the largest gathering of Catholic families in the world. According to the Vatican, he will host a meeting for religious liberty on Independence Mall with immigrants and the Hispanic community.

Francis will also meet with prisoners at Philadelphia’s Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility before celebrating the final Mass of the World Meeting of Families.

Francis will visit Cuba before arriving to the United States. He added this leg to his trip after US-Cuba relations rapidly warmed up and because of the role the Vatican has played in facilitating the bilateral talks.

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