Pope to address annual assembly during U.S. visit
The United Nations has announced that Pope Francis will address the annual U.N. General Assembly of world leaders on Sept. 25 during his first papal visit to the United States.
His visit will include a stop in Philadelphia, where he will take part in the World Meeting's "Festival of Families" Sept. 26 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and celebrate Mass outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art the next morning.
"We are absolutely delighted that the Holy Father will be addressing the U.N.," said Ken Gavin, communications director for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. "It adds greatly to his apostolic visit to the United States."
The pope earlier agreed to address a joint meeting of Congress. That Sept. 24 speech will mark the first time the head of the world's Roman Catholics is to address Congress. He is also expected to meet with President Obama.
The U.N. said the pope also would meet with Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on his one-day visit to the world body in New York. - AP, Inquirer staff
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