A look at sites Pope Francis will visit in NYC, Philadelphia

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NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis paraphernalia is sold in Times Square on September 24, 2015 in New York City. The Pope will speak tonight at St. Patrick's Cathedral; he is scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy Airport at 5P.M. this evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Sister Mary Marta (L) and Sister Marie Frank, both of Missionaries of Charity Convent, pray while waiting in line to stand along 5th Avenue to watch as Pope Francis drives by while he is en route to St. Patrick's Cathedral on September 24, 2015 in New York City. The Pope will speak tonight at St. Patrick's Cathedral; he is scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy Airport at 5P.M. this evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Pedestrians take photographs of Pope Francis dolls displayed in front of a 7-Eleven on 5th Avenue on September 24, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis, who is traveling to The United States for the first time as Pope, arrives in New York on the evening of September 24, before leading an evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Sister Mary Marta (L) and Sister Marie Frank, both of Missionaries of Charity Convent, pray while waiting in line to stand along 5th Avenue to watch as Pope Francis drives by while he is en route to St. Patrick's Cathedral on September 24, 2015 in New York City. The Pope will speak tonight at St. Patrick's Cathedral; he is scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy Airport at 5P.M. this evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: A man sells Pope Francis paraphernalia in Times Square on September 24, 2015 in New York City. The Pope will speak tonight at St. Patrick's Cathedral; he is scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy Airport at 5P.M. this evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis dolls are displayed next to apples in front of a 7-Eleven on 5th Avenue on September 24, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis, who is traveling to The United States for the first time as Pope, arrives in New York on the evening of September 24, before leading an evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: A photograph of Pope Francis hangs in the entrance of Pauline Books and Media on September 24, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis, who is traveling to The United States for the first time as Pope, arrives in New York on the evening of September 24, before leading an evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: A broadcast of Pope Francis's speech to Congress plays next to Pope Francis-related merchandise at Pauline Books and Media on September 24, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis, who is traveling to The United States for the first time as Pope, arrives in New York on the evening of September 24, before leading an evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis-related merchandise is displayed at Pauline Books and Media on September 24, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis, who is traveling to The United States for the first time as Pope, arrives in New York on the evening of September 24, before leading an evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: A t-shirt with an image of Pope Francis is displayed in front of a store on September 23, 2015 in New York City. Preparations are underway in the city for the first visit of Pope Francis starting on September 24. Amid tight security the Pope will conduct a number of events including a motorcade through Central Park and Mass in Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: A woman prays with a rosary while waiting in line to stand along 5th Avenue to watch as Pope Francis drives by while he is en route to St. Patrick's Cathedral on September 24, 2015 in New York City. The Pope will speak tonight at St. Patrick's Cathedral; he is scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy Airport at 5P.M. this evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: A Pope Francis cut-out stands next to a customer at Pauline Books and Media on September 24, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis, who is traveling to The United States for the first time as Pope, arrives in New York on the evening of September 24, before leading an evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: Yankei Mauricio leads prayers while waiting in line to stand along 5th Avenue to watch as Pope Francis drives by while he is en route to St. Patrick's Cathedral on September 24, 2015 in New York City. The Pope will speak tonight at St. Patrick's Cathedral; he is scheduled to land at John F. Kennedy Airport at 5P.M. this evening. (Photo by Andrew Burton/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 24: A man begs for change next to Pope Francis dolls for sale at a 7-Eleven on 5th Avenue on September 24, 2015 in New York City. Pope Francis, who is traveling to The United States for the first time as Pope, arrives in New York on the evening of September 24, before leading an evening prayer at St. Patrick's Cathedral. (Photo by Bryan Thomas/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - SEPTEMBER 23: A woman checks her phone as she walks between a concrete bollard and a metal barrier erected around Central Park ahead of a visit by Pope Francis, on September 23, 2015 in New York City. Preparations are underway in the city for the first visit of Pope Francis starting on September 24. Amid tight security the Pope will conduct a number of events including a motorcade through Central Park and Mass in Madison Square Garden. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: People tie prayer slips to a wooden foundation at a public art installation called the ÃKnotted Grottoà outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints. Peter and Paul where Pope Francis is scheduled to speak on September 22, 2015 in New York City. The project, which features hundreds of 'knots', or prayer slips, seeks to represent the struggles individuals go through in life's journey. The Pope will be making his first trip to the United States on a three-city, five-day tour that will begin in Washington on September 22, then travel to New York City and Philadelphia. The Pope will depart on September 27. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: People tie prayer slips to a wooden foundation at a public art installation called the ÃKnotted Grottoà outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints. Peter and Paul where Pope Francis is scheduled to speak on September 22, 2015 in New York City. The project, which features hundreds of 'knots', or prayer slips, seeks to represent the struggles individuals go through in life's journey. The Pope will be making his first trip to the United States on a three-city, five-day tour that will begin in Washington on September 22, then travel to New York City and Philadelphia. The Pope will depart on September 27. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: A woman sells t-shirts with a picture of the Pope in downtown Philadelphia where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit on September 22, 2015 in New York City. The project, which features hundreds of 'knots', or prayer slips, seeks to represent the struggles individuals go through in life's journey. The Pope will be making his first trip to the United States on a three-city, five-day tour that will begin in Washington on September 22, then travel to New York City and Philadelphia. The Pope will depart on September 27. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: A sign advertises Pope Francis merchandise in downtown Philadelphia where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit on September 22, 2015 in New York City. The project, which features hundreds of 'knots', or prayer slips, seeks to represent the struggles individuals go through in life's journey. The Pope will be making his first trip to the United States on a three-city, five-day tour that will begin in Washington on September 22, then travel to New York City and Philadelphia. The Pope will depart on September 27. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
PHILADELPHIA, PA - SEPTEMBER 22: A man sells t-shirts with a picture of the Pope in downtown Philadelphia where Pope Francis is scheduled to visit on September 22, 2015 in New York City. The project, which features hundreds of 'knots', or prayer slips, seeks to represent the struggles individuals go through in life's journey. The Pope will be making his first trip to the United States on a three-city, five-day tour that will begin in Washington on September 22, then travel to New York City and Philadelphia. The Pope will depart on September 27. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)
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A look at the sites Pope Francis will visit in New York and Philadelphia, after finishing a three-day visit to Washington.

UNITED NATIONS

On Friday morning, Pope Francis will address diplomats and world leaders just before the opening of the summit at the United Nations General Assembly that will focus on goals in combatting poverty and protecting the environment. The pope will be speaking in the general assembly hall at the U.N.'s headquarters on Manhattan's east side.

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NATIONAL SEPTEMBER 11 MEMORIAL & MUSEUM

The museum and memorial commemorating those lost in the Sept. 11 attacks in lower Manhattan and the events of the day will be the site of a multi-faith service, which the pope will participate in. The museum pavilion is situated between the two reflecting pools that mark the footprints of where the twin towers used to stand.

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OUR LADY QUEEN OF ANGELS SCHOOL

Our Lady Queen of Angels, on 112th Street in East Harlem, is a Catholic school with approximately 290 children from pre-k to eighth grade. Six students from third and fourth grades will meet Pope Francis, along with other children from the city's Catholic schools. Our Lady Queen of Angels parish around the corner closed in 2007 as part of the broad reorganization of the Archdiocese of New York.

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CENTRAL PARK

No visit to New York City could be considered complete without a jaunt through Central Park, not even for the pope. He's due to take a processional through part of the green space designed by Frederick Law Olmsted and Calvert Vaux. The pope's route will take him along the park's West Drive, from 72nd to 60th streets.

This is the chance for some members of the public to catch a glimpse of the pontiff. City officials said more than 93,000 people entered a lottery for free pairs of tickets to the processional, and about 80,000 tickets were given out. Those going to the event will have to go through airport-style security checkpoints, and are banned from carrying items like backpacks.

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MADISON SQUARE GARDEN

The pope's final event in New York City will be a Mass on Friday evening at Madison Square Garden, more commonly home to sporting events and concerts. The arena can hold around 18,000 people. It's located on top of Pennsylvania Station, a major transportation hub, in midtown Manhattan.

Tickets for the Mass were distributed through the archdiocese's parishes.

The pope leaves for Philadelphia on Saturday morning.

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WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis arrives at St. Patrick's Catholic Church September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on his first trip to the United States, visiting Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. (Photo by Jabin Botsford-Pool/Getty Image)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis arrives at St. Patrick's Catholic Church September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on his first trip to the United States, visiting Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. (Photo by Jabin Botsford-Pool/Getty Image)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis enters St. Patrick's Catholic Church on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on a six-day trip to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Members of the congregation wait for the arrival of Pope Francis at St. Patrick's Catholic Church September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on his first trip to the United States, visiting Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis speaks at St. Patrick's Catholic Church September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on his first trip to the United States, visiting Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. (Photo by Jabin Botsford-Pool/Getty Image)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis speaks at St. Patrick's Catholic Church September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on his first trip to the United States, visiting Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. (Photo by Jabin Botsford-Pool/Getty Image)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis addresses the congregation during his visit at St. Patrick's Catholic Church September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on his first trip to the United States, visiting Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: A participant records with two mobile phones as Pope Francis speaks at St. Patrick in the City Catholic church on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. St. Patrick is the oldest Catholic church in Washington, founded in 1794. Pope Francis is on a five-day trip to the USA, which includes stops in Washington DC, New York and Philadelphia, after a three-day stay in Cuba. (Photo by Erik S. Lesser-Pool/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: A woman prays while awaiting the arrivial of Pope Francis to St. Patrick's Catholic Church on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on a six-day trip to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis addresses the congregation during his visit at St. Patrick's Catholic Church September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on his first trip to the United States, visiting Washington, DC, New York and Philadelphia. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
WASHINGTON, DC - SEPTEMBER 24: Pope Francis gestures while talking with those gathered at St. Patrick's Catholic Church on September 24, 2015 in Washington, DC. The Pope is on a six-day trip to the U.S., with stops in Washington, New York City and Philadelphia. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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CATHEDRAL BASILICA OF STS. PETER AND PAUL

The Cathedral Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, the mother church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, occupies a prominent spot, its green dome and Corinthian columns rising between City Hall and the art museum steps made famous by "Rocky."

The 150-year-old cathedral is hosting the first event of Francis' two-day visit to the city: a Mass for about 1,600 local parishioners and clergy on Saturday, about an hour after he arrives from New York City.

Pope John Paul II spoke at the cathedral in 1979, the only other papal visit to Philadelphia. He heralded the city as a symbol of freedom and fraternity and said he was praying for residents to ensure no one there felt disrespected, abandoned, rejected or alone.

The start of construction on the cathedral in 1846 didn't evoke as much harmony. The project rekindled tensions after Protestant riots two years earlier that targeted Irish Catholics. To prevent vandalism, architect Napoleon LeBrun designed the cathedral without street-level windows.

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INDEPENDENCE HALL

Independence Hall is the birthplace of American democracy, the building where the founding fathers debated and ratified the Declaration of Independence and signed the U.S. Constitution.

The red-brick structure, immortalized on the back of the $100 bill, will provide the backdrop for Pope Francis' speech Saturday on immigration and religious freedom.

Independence Hall, which opened in 1753 as Pennsylvania's colonial legislature, is located across a cobblestone street from where the Liberty Bell now resides.

About 40,000 people are expected to pack the lawn for Francis' speech, but the disruption to historic sites will only last a day. Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell will close Saturday but will be open Friday and Sunday on a first come, first served basis.

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BENJAMIN FRANKLIN PARKWAY

The Ben Franklin Parkway is a mile-long boulevard stretching from Philadelphia's City Hall to the Philadelphia Museum of Art. It's the city's cultural center and the epicenter of papal activities.

Organizers expect a half-million people for the Festival of Families concert celebration on Saturday and more than a million people for Francis' Mass the next day. He'll parade down the parkway's outer lanes before both events to give pilgrims an up-close view.

Donna Crilley Farrell, executive director of the triennial World Meeting of Families event that's attracting Francis to the U.S., called the parkway the best place in the country to see the pope.

Papal events will also be broadcast on 40 huge screens throughout the city for crowds not close to the stage or altar, which is being built near the museum.

The parkway, modeled on the Champs-Élysées in Paris, was built between 1917 and 1926 in an early attempt at urban renewal. The area had been a neighborhood.

It's lined with trees, statues, sculptures and cultural institutions, including the Franklin Institute science museum and the Barnes Foundation art museum.

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CURRAN-FROMHOLD CORRECTIONAL FACILITY

The largest jail in Philadelphia, the Curran-Fromhold jail houses more than 2,800 male inmates. Most of them are either awaiting trial or serving sentences of up to two years.

Francis is scheduled to meet with about 100 inmates and some of their families on Sunday — fulfilling a goal of his trip to visit with people incarcerated in the U.S.

Monsignor William Lynn, jailed for his handling of priest sexual-abuse complaints, had been housed at Curran-Fromhold, but he was moved to a state prison near Scranton shortly after the pope's itinerary was announced.

Curran-Fromhold is named for the only two Philadelphia prison workers killed in the line of duty: Warden Patrick Curran and Deputy Warden Robert Fromhold, who were attacked by inmates at Holmesburg Prison on May 31, 1973.

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ST. CHARLES BORROMEO SEMINARY

Located on a pastoral 75 acres just outside Philadelphia, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary prepares men for the priesthood and the diaconate and provides high-level religious instruction for lay men and women.

Bishop Francis Kenrick founded St. Charles Borromeo, named for the reforming 16th century cardinal, in his downtown Philadelphia home in 1832. It moved four times, including briefly to where the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul now stands, before landing in suburban Wynnewood in 1871.

Pope Francis is expected to stay at St. Charles while in Philadelphia and will greet bishops from around the world there on Sunday. Francis will also pose for a photograph with seminarians, recreating an image featuring Pope John Paul II in 1979.

The seminary has also welcomed Mother Teresa and three cardinals who later became pope, including Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger, who became Pope Benedict XVI.

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Associated Press reporters Deepti Hajela contributed from New York and Michael Sisak from Philadelphia.


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