Pope Washington DC Prayer Live Stream: Francis' St. Matthew'
Pope Francis is expected toboth deliver a prayer and celebrate Mass in the nation's capital this week. Francis is scheduled to first participate inthe prayer Wednesday, which is expected to be private,at 11:3o a.m.with U.S.bishops atSt. Matthew's Cathedral in Washington. St. Matthews Cathedral is a historic church, the fourth established in the city when it was dedicated onNov.1, 1840. It also held the funeral of President John F. Kennedy, the first-ever Catholic U.S. president,on Nov. 25 1963.
After the prayer, Francis is scheduled to celebrate Mass at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday atthe Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The church website calls it"America's Catholic Church," and claims it is "the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and NorthAmerica" and "one of the ten largest churches in the world."Pope Francis | FindTheBest
Some 25,000 people were allowed to gettickets to attend the mass. It is expected to be the first canonization mass on United States' soil as Francis recognizes a new saint in Spanish-American missionaryJunípero Serra. It is also expected that Francis, a native of Argentina,will celebrate Mass in Spanish, the language of Serra, according to USA Today.
Hispanics make up about one-third of the Catholic Church's total congregation in the United States and Washingtonis 10.4 percent Hispanic, according to census data.About 25 percent of U.S. Catholic churches celebrateMass in Spanish at least once per month, according to Georgetown University data."[Hispanics are]the biggest source of population growth in the church," said Julia Young, a professor at theCatholic University of America, according to USA Today.
There are a couple of ways tofollow along with the papal visitevents in Washingtononline. The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops will live stream all events, which can be found here. Time Warner Cable News will have around the clock coverage online, which can be found here.