NEW YORK, N.Y. (WIVB) — The “People’s Pope” has arrived in New York City where he’s being welcomed by Catholics and non-Catholics alike from around the globe who all say he speaks everyone’s language.
The pope’s chartered American Airlines plane touched down at John F. Kennedy Airport late Thursday afternoon, bringing the pontiff to the United States’ largest city for the second leg of his U.S. tour.
A 200-person welcoming party was waiting, including Brooklyn Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio and five Catholic schoolchildren. It’s the first papal trip to New York since Pope Benedict XVI visited in April 2008.
While in the Big Apple, Pope Francis will have another chance to address world leaders when he speaks at the United Nations. Catholic experts say his messages make people think about policy, even then he is not a political pope.
The pope is also leading evening prayers at Manhattan’s famed St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and will visit a school that sits amid public housing in East Harlem.
Earlier Thursday, the pontiff wrapped up his visit to Washington, D.C. with the first-ever papal speech to the U.S. Congress. He urged lawmakers to treat immigrants “in a way which is always humane, just and fraternal.”