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(CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis is set to land in the U.S. on Sept. 22 for five days, follow- ing his visit to Cuba. There are several highly anticipated events he will be participating in, in- cluding a United Nations summit and the canonization of Blessed Junipero Serra. The Holy Father will visit Cuba Sept. 19-22, and will then travel to the U.S. Sept. 22-27, be- fore landing in Rome the morning of the 28th. The pope's plan to visit the U.S. in 2015 has been public since November but, his stop in Cuba beforehand was just an- nounced in April. He will depart from Santiago at 12:30 p.m. on the 22nd, and is scheduled to land in Washington, D.C. at 4 p.m. local time. The following day, Pope Francis will canonize Blessed Junpero Serra at Washington D.C.'s National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. The next morning, he will be the first religious leader to address a joint meeting of Congress, ac- cording to congressional histori- ans. Pope Francis will later meet with homeless individuals before heading to New York. Once in New York, the Holy Father will address the U.N. Spe- cial Summit on Sustainable Devel- opment the morning of Sept. 25. He will then participate in an in- terreligious encounter at the Ground Zero memo- rial, where Benedict XVI also stopped dur- ing his visit in 2008. Pope Francis will conclude the day by meeting with child and family migrants in Harlem, and then celebrating Mass in M a d i s o n S q u a r e Garden. He leaves for Philadelphia the next morning, where he is set to participate in the World Meeting of Families. The Holy Father will meet with bishops, priests and religious the morning of the 26th before attending a prayer vigil for the World Meeting of Families that evening. On Sept. 27, his final day in the U.S., Pope Francis will meet with bishops present for the family gathering as well as prisoners in Philadelphia's Curran-Fromhold correctional facility. After celebrating Mass that af- ternoon the pope will greet the or- ganizers, volunteers and benefac- tors of his trip before departing for Rome. He is scheduled to land around 10 a.m. Sept. 28. The following is a detailed schedule for Pope Francis' visit to the United States as released by the Vatican on June 30, 2015. EWTN will provide live coverage of the visit on cable and online at www.etwn.com. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 23 All times Eastern (WASHINGTON, DC) 9:15 a.m. Welcome ceremony and meeting with President Barack Obama at the White House 11:30 a.m. Midday Prayer with the bishops of the United States, St. Matthew's Cathedral 4:15 p.m. Mass of Canoniza- tion of Junipero Serra, Basilica of the Na- tional Shrine of the Immaculate Concep- tion THURSDAY, SEPT. 24 (WASHINGTON, D.C. & NEW YORK CITY) 9:20 a.m. Address to joint meeting of the U.S. Congress 11:15 a.m. Visit to St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington 4 p.m. Depart from Joint Base An- drews 5 p.m. Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport 6:45 p.m. Evening Prayer (Vespers) at St. Patrick's Cathedral FRIDAY, SEPT. 25 (NEW YORK CITY) 8:30 a.m. Visit to the United Nations and address to the U.N. General Assembly 11:30 a.m. Multi-religious service at 9/11 Memorial and Mu- seum, World Trade Center 4 p.m. Visit to Our Lady Queen of Angels School, East Harlem 6 p.m. Mass at Madison Square Garden SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 26 (NEW YORK CITY and PHILADELPHIA) 8:40 a.m. Departure from John F. Kennedy International Airport 9:30 a.m. Arrival at Atlantic Aviation, Philadelphia 10:30 a.m. Mass at Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, Philadelphia 4:45 p.m. Visit to Independ- ence Mall 7:30 p.m. Visit to the Festival of Families Benjamin Franklin Parkway SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 27 (PHILADELPHIA) 9:15 a.m. Meeting with bish- ops at St. Martin's Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary 11 a.m. Visit to Curran- Fromhold Correctional Facility 4 p.m. Mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families, Benjamin Franklin Parkway 7 p.m. Visit with organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families, At- lantic Aviation 8 p.m. Departure for Rome W hen I was much younger, I believed in political so- lutions for many of the world's problems. And when my party or politician was doing something that I knew deep down was wrong, I told myself the other side was doing much worse. This way of thinking was easy to follow, because there were plenty of people on my side rant- ing and raving about the idiots on the other side. Who would want to leave our flawed, but obviously morally superior side, to join those idiots? At the same time, I did pay a lot of attention to what the opposing side was saying. However, what I heard were mostly insults rather than thoughtfully laid out argu- ments. Now, 30 years later, we have social media. The level of dis- course has not improved. For some reason, in the online world many people have turned off the "should I really say that?" fil- ter. Maybe it's because there's often a chorus urging them on. Un- fortunately, this attitude of vilify- ing others rather than presenting compelling arguments has over- flowed into the "real" world. And this is by no means just a "young people" problem. Patting each other on the back for making bold and divisive state- ments is not raising the bar. I think what we seriously need as a soci- ety is thoughtful discussion and an openness to learn from one an- other. That, and perhaps realizing that the solution to a morally-corrupt society is not political, but spiri- tual. As Catholics we have an arse- nal of weapons that cannot be overcome. Sister Lucia dos Santos of Fa- tima said, "The Most Holy Virgin in these last times in which we live has given a new efficacy to the recitation of the rosary to such an extent that there is no problem, no matter how difficult it is, whether temporal or above all spiritual, in the personal life of each one of us, of our familiesthat cannot be solved by the rosary. There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the holy rosary." If there is no problem that can- not be overcome by the rosary, then we as the Church need to get busy praying to effect real change and healing in our society. Learn more at www.dioceseof- marquette.org/rosary. St. Faustina Kowalska received private revelation from Jesus about Divine Mercy. According to her diary Jesus said, "Speak to the world about my mercy... It is a sign for the end times. After it will come the Day of Justice. While there is still time, let them have re- course to the fountain of my mercy." (Diary 848) Learn more about Divine Mercy and how to pray the chaplet at www.dioceseofmarquette.org/di- vinemercy. Blessed Mother Teresa said, "Holiness is not the luxury of the few; it is a simple duty, for you and for me." A great help in becoming holy is devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Just a few of the promises made to those who con- secrate themselves and make repa- rations to His Sacred Heart are: Jesus will give them all the graces necessary in their state of life. He will establish peace in their homes. He will comfort them in all their afflictions. Learn more at www.dioceseof- marquette.org/sacredheart. If you really want to bring out the big guns, attend Mass. St. Jean Vianney said, "If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy." To learn more, visit your local parish. PAGE 8 THE U.P. CATHOLIC FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 18, 2015 Diocesan schools welcome 10,000 students FROM OUR SUNDAY VISITOR September 1965: Over 3,500 people en- joyed the re-enactments at the Pere Marquette pageant in St. Ignace. The 38 diocesan schools welcomed over 10,000 students for the fall term. In Yugoslavia, a blind priest celebrated his first Mass in his new parish. FROM THE U.P. CATHOLIC September 1990: Sisters of St. Paul donned hard hats for groundbreaking at the new Noa Home in Es- canaba. UPSCA's goal of $896,000 is equal to last year's, with Catholic Social Services the biggest beneficiary of the an- nual campaign 50 & 25 YEARS AGO BY LARRY CHABOT Busy schedule set for papal visit to the United States HERE AM I John Fee COLUMNS It's time to seek thoughtful discussion, bring out big guns

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