The Vatican flag waves outside St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City Sept. 17, ahead of the visit by Pope Francis (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz).

Pope Francis in New York — Follow America’s Coverage Live

Pope Francis is due to arrive in New York at 5 p.m. today. Follow @americamag on Twitter for updates from Associate Editor Olga Segura reporting from Kennedy airport.

The pope is scheduled to celebrate Vespers at St. Patrick’s Cathedral at 6:45 p.m. You can watch the service live here via the Vatican live stream:

Fr. Sam Sawyer, S.J., and James T. Keane will be at the service for America. Follow @americamag for their live reporting.

What, exactly, is vespers? First of all, it’s NOT a Catholic Mass. You can learn more in this article from Mr. Keane, a columnist for America.

Mr. Keane also provides some historical context in “The Shield of St. Patrick: The Role of a Cathedral in U.S. Catholic History.”

New Yorkers are busily preparing for the pope’s arrival. If they had 30 seconds with him, what would they say? We asked some visitors to St. Pat’s this question earlier this year: