This will be the first Canonization Mass on American soil.
@randyragnauth: Pope Francis will arrive in New York on Thursday.
@randyragnauth: No selfie sticks, but iPads should be OK.
Pope Francis has arrived at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.
Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin will be performing for Pope Francis this weekend at Festival of Families concert in Philadelphia, but she won't just be giving the pope the gift of song. Franklin hopes to present the pope with a box set of sermons by her father, civil rights activist and preacher C.L. Franklin.
Good morning! Pope Francis is on his way to the Capitol where he will be received by House Speaker John Boehner before addressing a joint meeting of Congress.
Yesterday, the pope was at the White House for a ceremony on the South Lawn and then a private meeting with President Obama.
Here are the Republican members of the Senate who will escort the Pope into the chamber: McConnell, Cornyn, Hatch, Thune, Barrasso, Blunt, Wicker, Collins, Murkowski, Corker, Ayotte
Democratic senators escorting Pope Francis include Reid and Menendez.
50,000 tickets were handed out for the West Front of the Capitol. Each House member received 50 tickets, and each senator received 200 tickets. Some offices held lotteries to determine who won tickets. Others made it first-come-first serve.
Additionally, every member (House and Senate) received one guest ticket for the House chamber. Members are bringing a mix of spouses, staffers, constituents and religious leaders from their own districts.
Pope Francis' escorts from the House:
Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (California)
Majority Whip Steve Scalise (Louisiana)
Republican Conference Chair Rep. Cathy McMorris-Rodgers (Washington)
NRCC Chairman Rep. Greg Walden (Oregon)
Republican Policy Committee Chairman Rep. Luke Messer (Indiana)
Republican Conference Vice-Chair Rep. Lynn Jenkins (Kansas)
Republican Conference Secretary Rep. Virginia Foxx (North Carolina)
Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (California)
Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (Maryland)
Assistant Democratic Leader Jim Clyburn (South Carolina)
Dem Caucus Chairman Rep. Xavier Becerra (California)
Rep. Joe Crowley (New York)
Rep. Rosa DeLauro (Connecticut)
Rep. Ben Ray Lujan (New Mexico)