Pope Francis began foreign pilgrimage to the powers of the New world, but have not forgotten about the States outside the traditional orbit of the Catholic influence. For example, we are talking about Russia, which the Pontiff has named a major player in the international political arena.
Foreign pilgrimage of Pope includes not only traveling through the settlements of Cuba, with whom he began a journey, but a visit to the United States, where the Pontiff will take part in session of the UN General Assembly. There are planned the speech of the head of the Catholic Church.
Has not bypassed the attention and Francis Moscow, whose efforts on the settlement of world incidents did not go unnoticed. "Without Russia at the present time it is impossible to solve any major world problems," TASS quoted the Pope, who praised the cooperation of the Vatican with the Russian Embassy to the Holy see.
According to papal delegation, during a concert in the UN General Assembly Francis will be talking about the need to address the incidents in the middle East, for example in Syria. And the actions of the Russian Federation, which is supporting the legitimate President Bashar al-Assad in the fight against terrorists, have a chance to stabilize the situation in the country, no doubt the experts.
The plane of the Pontiff, next to Cuba, should land at Andrews air base outside Washington at 16:00 local time (23:00 MSK). At the gangway the head of the Catholic Church will meet United States President Barack Obama with his wife Michelle. The next day, September 23, the White house will host the official ceremony of the meeting of the Pope and his conversation with Obama.
Then Francis will lead the parade through Central Washington Boulevard. The highlight of the day will be the canonization of the new Saint - Junipero Serra, Spanish a Franciscan monk who lived in the XVIII century. On 24 September, the Pope will speak at a joint session of both houses of Congress of the United States and visit 1 of the charities, then they will fly to new York.
Pope Francis has become 4 the Pontiff to visit the United States with an Apostolic visit. Current events became the tenth similar trip of the head of the Roman Catholic Church. The first did Pope Paul VI in 1965, following 7 visits to other powers struck Pope John Paul II between 1979 and 1999. Adopted this tradition and Pope Francis.
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