Basilica to Welcome Pope Francis this September


The Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is pleased to confirm that Pope Francis will visit our nation’s preeminent

Marian shrine and patronal church on Wednesday, September 23, 2015.

Monsignor Walter R. Rossi, rector of the National Shrine, states, “We are truly delighted that Pope Francis is following in the footsteps of his predecessors Saint Pope John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI in visiting the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception during his apostolic visit to the United States. We are honored that the Holy Father will celebrate the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and canonize Blessed Junipero Serra, the first-ever canonization to take place on American soil.”

No further details of the Holy Father’s visit are available at this time. To receive Papal Visit updates as they become available, please click here to sign up for email alerts. Updates will also be posted on this page, on our Facebook page and on Twitter @MarysShrine.

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