A look at the sites Pope Francis will visit in New York and Philadelphia, after finishing a three-day visit to Washington.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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-Elysees 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.
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.
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.
Associated Press reporters Deepti Hajela contributed from New York and Michael Sisak from Philadelphia.