Pope Francis landed in New York City on Thursday to start the second leg of his six-day visit to the United States. The biggest events of his trip are still to come.
Police Commissioner Bill Bratton said Francis' New York stop is going to be "the largest security challenge the department and this city have ever faced." But police, working with federal law enforcement and other agencies are up to the challenge, he said.
Here’s what’s on the agenda Friday for Pope Francis' first full day in New York City.
United Nations, 10:20 a.m.
Expect a half-hour speech when Pope Francis becomes the fourth pontiff to address the United Nations General Assembly. On the 70th anniversary of the annual session, Francis is also expected to meet with the U.N's secretary general, president of the General Assembly and Russian President Vladimir Putin.
9/11 Memorial and Museum, World Trade Center, 11:30 a.m.
After leaving the U.N., Francis will attend a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum, the site of the 2001 terror attacks in Lower Manhattan that killed nearly 3,000 people. Victims' families and first responders have been invited to the event.
Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem, 4 p.m.
Next up is a visit to a group of third- and fourth-grade students at a school run by a partnership trying innovative ways to revitalize Catholic education. Francis will also bless 150 immigrant New Yorkers, including children who fled violence in Central America.
Procession Through Central Park, Around 5:15 p.m.
A late addition to Francis' itinerary is sure to be one of the most spectacular of his visit — 80,000 people who won a ticketed lottery will witness Francis' progression along Central Park West Drive. Scalpers were selling the tickets for as much as $100 a pop.
Madison Square Garden, 6 p.m.
Twenty-thousand people are expected at MSG -- the home of the Knicks, Rangers and Liberty -- when Francis wraps up his New York visit by celebrating Mass. His chair for the service was constructed by immigrant day laborers, chosen to illustrate the pope’s concern for those who are marginalized.
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