Papal visit will have ‘profound and lasting impact’ on New Yorkers, says cardinal

New York, USA (Thursday, 07-02-2015, Gaudium Press) The 30 hours or so Pope Francis will spend in New York in September will be relatively brief, but “his presence will have a profound and lasting impact on all New Yorkers”, said Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

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Pope Francis greets New York Cardinal Timothy Dolan (CNS)

“As Catholics, we rejoice in knowing that our Holy Father is coming to visit us, and we eagerly look forward to showing him how our faith is being put into action in this community,” the New York cardinal said in a statement on Tuesday.

His comments followed the early morning release by the Vatican on Tuesday of the detailed schedule of Pope Francis’s on September 19-22 visit to Cuba and his September 22-27 visit to the United States.

“As New Yorkers, we know that we can offer an example to the entire world of how people of different faiths can not only live together in peace and harmony, but also come together in a spirit of mutual co-operation and respect for one another,” Cardinal Dolan said.

Pope Francis is scheduled to depart Washington at 4pm (local time) on September 24 and arrive at New York’s John F Kennedy International Airport an hour later. That evening he will celebrate vespers with priests and men and women religious in St Patrick’s Cathedral and deliver the homily.

Source Catholic Herald/Catholic News Service

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