PH Embassy Seeks 13 Grade School Children To Welcome Pope Francis

by Joseph G. Lariosa

CHICAGO (JGL) – Thirteen young Filipino or Filipino American children between Grades 3-12 are being invited to participate in welcoming Pope Francis in the early morning of Thursday, Sept. 24, when the Pope visits Washington, D.C.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. said parents of these teens have until Sept. 17th to nominate their children. They have to send in the names of their children, their dates of birth, names of their schools and grades and their contact information by sending an email to

According to the advisory, for children to qualify:

  • They must be Filipino or Filipino-American and must be in Grades 3-12;
  • Children must be at a predetermined pick-up area on the morning of Thursday, September 24th. Estimated meeting time is 6AM;
  • Children must attend a briefing if required by the Archdiocese of Washington;
  • Parents/grandparents may not join their children/grandchildren; children will be accompanied by two chaperones to be selected by the Embassy;
  • Other details (attire, exact venue, etc.) to be determined with the Archdiocese of Washington and will be shared once known.

The names of qualifying children will be selected at random and will be announced on Friday, September 18th.

The Embassy thanked the Archdiocese of Washington, under His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, for allowing Filipino and Filipino-American children to participate in welcoming the Holy Father to Washington, DC.

The Pope’s trip will start on Sept. 19 in Cuba and conclude in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept. 27 with stops in Washington, D.C. and New York in between. He will be in Cuba from Sept. 19 to 22. From Cuba, he will arrive in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, Sept. 22, at 4 p.m.. On Wednesday, Sept. 23, the Pope will meet with President Obama at 9:15 a.m. with welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.

At 11:30 a.m., the Pope will meet with U.S. bishops at St. Matthew’s Cathedral and will celebrate mass at 4:15 p.m. during the mass of canonization for Junipero Serra at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.


On Sept. 24 (Thursday) at 9:20 a.m., the Pope will address the joint meeting of the U.S. Congress. At 11:15 a.m., he will visit St. Patrick in the City and the Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. He will depart at 4 p.m. from Joint Base Andrews for New York (JFK International Airport) and hold vespers with priests and religious at St. Patrick’s Cathedral starting at 6:45 p.m..

On Friday, Sept. 25, at 8:30 a.m., the Pope will visit the United Nations and address the UN General Assembly in New York. He will hold a multireligious service at 11:30 a.m. at the 9/11 Memorial, World Trade Center. The Pope will also visit the Our Lady, Queen of Angels School in East Harlem and celebrate mass at 6 p.m. at the Madison Square Garden.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, the Pope will depart from New York and proceed to Philadelphia and celebrate a mass with bishops, priests and religious of Pennsylvania at the Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul at 10:30 a.m.

At 4:45 p.m., he will hold a meeting with Hispanic community and other immigrants at Independence Mall and will visit the Festival of Families with prayer vigil at Benjamin Franklin Parkway.

On Sunday, Sept. 27, the Pope will hold a meeting with bishops and guests of the World Meeting of Families at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary at 9:15 a.m. At 11 a.m., he will visit the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility. At 4 p.m., he will celebrate mass for the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families at Benjamin Franklin Parkway and visit at 7 p.m. the organizers, volunteers and benefactors of the World Meeting of Families before departing for Rome at 8 p.m.


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