The day on which Pope Francis’ apostolic journey to US will begin is around the corner. His arrival to the United States is planned on September 22, when he will land at Andrews, in Maryland. When Francis will leave the aircraft, there will be Barack and Michelle Obama to welcome him. It has been announced by the spokesman of the White House, Eric Schultz, who has pointed out that this is an act of great respect for the Pope. In fact, “it is not necessarily a routine for the President to welcome foreign leaders at Andrews”, explained Schultz.
On September 23, Pope Francis will be received at the White House, where hospitality and integration of the migrants and of the refugees will be discussed, as well as other topics that are dear to the Pontiff, such as care of the Creation, protection of religious minorities, and promotion of the religious freedom in the world.
It is a visit that promises to establish records from many points of view. Also due to the lightning speed with which tickets, that could be booked on the web (rigorously for free)m were ”sold out”. There were 10.000 of them available for Mass programmed in Philadelphia on September 27 and all of them were booked in 30 seconds. Whereas to the other 10.000 tickets intended for the speech at the Mall, still in Philadelphia, it took 120 seconds to be ”sold out”.