Pope Francis will visit St. Matthew’s Cathedral in September, announced the Vatican today.
Pope Francis will arrive in D.C. on September 22. The next day, the pope will visit with President Obama at the White House at 9 a.m., then visit St. Matthew’s by 11:30 a.m.
At a press conference held earlier this morning, Cardinal Donald Wuerl said the historic Dupont church, located at 1725 Rhode Island Avenue NW, would prepare to host roughly 25,000 people during the pope’s visit.
Wuerl added that tickets to the event would be distributed through D.C.’s Catholic parishes.
And there will be a surprise visit by the Popemobile, confirmed Wuerl.
This is the pope’s first U.S. visit since succeeding Pope Benedict XVI in 2013.
View Pope Francis’ full U.S. itinerary here.