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Key Things to Know about the Pope's Visit to Washington

September 16, 2015

Washington, DC will be welcoming Pope Francis during his United States visit from September 22-24. It is projected that his visit could bring as many as 100,000 people to the District similar to President Obama’s first Inauguration. Pope Francis' route will take him all throughout the city, so a vast majority of public transportation and roads will be greatly congested and affected.


The mayor's office has launched to serve as your one-stop destination for information on the Papal Visit – including the Pope’s schedule, road closures, public transportation adjustments and more. Review the information to plan accordingly during the Pope's visit.


The Pope's Daily Schedule is:


September 22

Afternoon: Apostolic Nunciature at the Naval Observatory


September 23

Morning: White House Welcoming Ceremony

Midday: Papal Parade

Midday: Prayer with US bishops at Saint Matthew’s Cathedral

Afternoon: Junipero Serra Canonization Mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception


September 24

Morning: Speech to the Senate and House of Representatives

Middday: St Patrick’s Catholic Church and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington


For a map of Road Closures, please click here.

For Daily Events, please click here.


Also note, Massachusetts Ave., NW between Observatory Circle South and 34th Place NW will be closed to all northbound traffic. Southbound traffic will be permitted between 34th Street NW and Waterside Drive NW. All northbound truck traffic will be diverted onto Q Street NW at Sheridan Circle NW.  All other northbound traffic will be diverted onto Rock Creek Parkway at Waterside Drive NW.  All southbound truck traffic will be diverted east on Garfield Street NW or continue south on Wisconsin Avenue. Massachusetts Avenue NW will be closed to all traffic intermittently.