Pope Francis waves to crowds along Benjamin Franklin Parkway as he arrives for the Festival of Families for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 26 (CNS photo/Eric Thayer, pool).

Pope Francis in Philadelpia — Follow America’s Live Coverage

Pope Francis arrived in Philadelphia on Saturday morning. Follow @americamag on Twitter for updates from Associate Editor Sam Sawyer, S.J., reporting from Philadelphia.

At 7:30 p.m. the pope visits the festival of families and vigil of prayer at the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia. You can watch the visit here:


At 4:45 p.m. the pope attended a Meeting for Religious Freedom with the Hispanic community and other immigrants at the Independence Mall in Philadelphia. You can watch the meeting here:


The pope celebrated Mass for bishops, clergy and men and women religious at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia on Saturday morning. You can watch a recording of the service here:



The World Meeting of Families kicked off on September 22. Learn more about the gathering in this report.

Read about the special welcome Latinos will receive at the World Meeting of Families.

Finally, for more on America‘s coverage of the family read our selection of essays by American Catholics addressing adoption, families with disabilities, single Catholics and gay and lesbian Catholics.