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“The Presidents” premieres August 8-18 on PBS


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PBS Presents Special Encore Broadcasts of The Presidents,

Peabody Award-winning Series of Biographies from



  – From John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush, Encore Broadcasts of

Six Presidential Biographies ScheduledAugust 8-18, 2016


PBS, The American Experience, From John F. Kennedy to George H. W. Bush, Six Presidential Biographies(BOSTON, MA) – As part of its lineup of programming tied to the presidential election, PBS has scheduled encore broadcasts of six AMERICAN EXPERIENCE biographies from the Peabody Award-winning collection The Presidents. The special series begins on Monday, August 8 with a two-night special onJFK, and concludesThursday, August 18 with George H. W. Bush.


“These films offer a chance for Americans to explore the lives of the leaders who shaped our country and see how each dealt with many of the same issues we face today — war, poverty, healthcare, immigration, and education,” said Mark Samels, AMERICAN  EXPERIENCE Executive Producer. “Each was shaped by the times in which they governed, as well as by their personalities and character. As we choose our next leader, these films provide an invaluable look back at the qualities that make an effective president and shape a legacy.”


Beth Hoppe, Chief Programming Executive and General Manager, General Audience Programming, PBS, added: “This year offers a timely opportunity to revisit the stories of six presidents who have helped to shape our nation. We are delighted to offer these special encore broadcasts of The Presidents from AMERICAN EXPERIENCE, and know our viewers will enjoy the chance to learn more about these leaders and their unique contributions to our country.”


The six films feature insight and commentary from America’s leading presidential historians including Doris Kearns Goodwin, Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, Tim Naftali and Douglas Brinkley, and feature interviews with world leaders, family members, and political insiders from Nancy Reagan to Colin Powell, from Mikhail Gorbachev to Barbara Bush.


The complete schedule for The Presidents is below:


JFKMonday and Tuesday, August 8-9, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Forever enshrined in myth by an assassin’s bullet, John F. Kennedy’s presidency has often defied objective appraisal. This portrait offers a fresh assessment of the man, his accomplishments, and his unfulfilled promise. JFK features interviews with Kennedy family members and historians including Robert Dallek, Robert Caro, Tim Naftali and Evan Thomas.


LBJWednesday, August 10, 8:00 p.m.-12:00 a.m. ET

Lyndon Baines Johnson was one of the most astute, effective, and perplexing politicians in modern American history. An “accidental” president but a master legislator, LBJ put into motion many of the programs that would continue to shape American life throughout the 1960s and 70s. A larger-than-life figure in his day, LBJ is appreciated for his vast domestic accomplishments, but his presidency continues to be overshadowed by his failure to end the war in Vietnam.


NixonThursday, August 11, 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Winner of a Writers Guild Award and the first American Experience presidential biography produced, Nixon explores the fateful combination of strengths and weaknesses that propelled Richard Nixon to the presidency and then brought him down. His legacy includes both ending America’s involvement in Vietnam and the Watergate scandal. Forced to resign, his administration did much to erode Americans’ faith in their government.


Jimmy CarterMonday, August 15, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

Jimmy Carter’s story is one of the greatest dramas in American politics. Overwhelmingly voted out of office in a humiliating defeat in 1980, over the following decades he became one of the most admired statesmen and humanitarians in America and the world. Jimmy Carter traces his rapid ascent in politics, dramatic fall from grace, and unexpected resurrection.


ReaganTuesday and Wednesday, August 16-17, 9:00-11:00 p.m. ET

The life of the actor, governor, and president who saw America as “a shining city on a hill” is recalled by those who knew him best: wife Nancy Reagan and three of his children. Also interviewed are those in his inner political circle as well as his counterparts on the world stage, former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev, who negotiated historic arms agreements with Reagan.


George H. W. BushThursday, August 18, 8:00-11:00 p.m. ET

With unparalleled access to figures in Bush’s private and public life, George H. W. Bush explores the life of a man who became a pivotal player during a critical moment in American and world history. Bush’s personal letters and comments from his closest advisors and prominent critics inform the film, which features interviews with First Lady Barbara Bush, Condoleezza Rice, Colin Powell, James Baker, and more.


AMERICAN EXPERIENCE recently launched  The Presidents, an all-new digital portal showcasing more than 750 assets from the Peabody Award-winning collection of films about our nation’s most important leaders. The portal allows viewers to screen full-length films, delve deeper with experts and living witnesses, and examine more than 200 primary source documents. Video galleries on The Presidents site explore how different presidents faced issues including the economy, war, dealing with a crisis, and abuses of power.


The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH),an independent federal agency, has been a major funder of AMERICAN EXPERIENCE’s The Presidents for more than 20 years.


Films from The Presidents series are available on DVD at or wherever DVDs are sold. Films are also available to download on iTunes.


Exclusive corporate funding for AMERICAN EXPERIENCE provided by Liberty Mutual Insurance. Major funding provided by the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. Major funding for The Presidents provided by the National Endowment for the Humanities: Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence. Additional funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and public television viewers. American Experience is produced for PBS by WGBH Boston.


About the National Endowment for the Humanities

Celebrating its 50th anniversary as an independent federal agency in 2015-16, the National Endowment for the Humanities brings the best in humanities research, public programs, education, and preservation projects to the American people. To date, NEH has awarded $5 billion in grants to build the nation’s cultural capital – at museums, libraries, colleges and universities, archives, and historical societies – and advance our understanding and appreciation of history, literature, philosophy, and language. Learn more at



For more than 28 years,  AMERICAN EXPERIENCE has been television’s most-watched history series. The series has been hailed as “peerless” (The Wall Street Journal), “the most consistently enriching program on television” (Chicago Tribune), and “a beacon of intelligence and purpose” (Houston Chronicle). On air and online, the series brings to life the incredible characters and epic stories that have shaped America’s past and present. Acclaimed by viewers and critics alike, American Experience documentaries have been honored with every major broadcast award, including 30 Emmy Awards, four duPont-Columbia Awards, and 17 George Foster Peabody Awards; the series received an Academy Award® nomination for Best Documentary Feature in 2015 for Last Days in Vietnam.


About PBS

PBS, with 350 member stations, offers all Americans the opportunity to explore new ideas and new worlds through television and online content. Each month, PBS reaches more than 100 million people through television and over 33 million people online, inviting them to experience the worlds of science, history, nature, and public affairs; to hear diverse viewpoints; and to take front row seats to world-class drama and performances. PBS’ broad array of programs has been consistently honored by the industry’s most coveted award competitions. Teachers of children from pre-K through 12th grade turn to PBS for digital content and services that help bring classroom lessons to life. PBS’ premier children’s TV programming and its website,, are parents’ and teachers’ most trusted partners in inspiring and nurturing curiosity and love of learning in children. More information about PBS is available at, one of the leading dot-org websites on the Internet, or by following PBS on Twitter, Facebook, or through our apps for mobile devices. Specific program information and updates for press are available at or by following PBS Pressroom on Twitter.


While Chasing the Red, White & Blue You Can Chase Aliens Too!


While Chasing the Red, White & Blue You Can Chase Aliens Too!

by Amy Lignor


There are moments in history that made various locations memorable, for one reason or another. And in a small town, in the blistering heat of New Mexico, one incident – THE incident, if you will – occurred in 1947 and changed that small town into a
July 1947, Roswell, New Mexico, UFO Festival, Don Burleson, Larry Holcombe, Stanton Friedman, cover-up, the place to bestrange little mecca. This incident still brings thousands of visitors every year to “see” if friends of the ones who crashed there in 1947, will somehow pick the July 4th weekend to come back and claim their missing…relatives?

Yes, it was night. Out in the desert, it’s more than dark. Yet one evening in July, 1947, a part of the sky lit up like a heavenly beam was cast upon the Earth for a split second. Then…the mystery began. An object no one could ever quite put their finger on crash landed on a ranch located thirty miles north of tiny Roswell, New Mexico.


The Roswell Army Air Field (RAAF) issued a statement (without thinking…or had they planned it all along?) claiming to have recovered a “flying disk.” An article ran on the front page of the Roswell Daily Record, and the very next day, RAAF reversed its statement. They said no “flying disk” had crashed, it was nothing more than a weather balloon, they said. Therefore…move along, folks. Nothin to see here.


Well, as we all know, that revised statement made another bright light appear in a great many peoples’ imaginations. There was somethin to see there, they thought, believing that a cover-up of presidential proportions was being made in regards to Roswell, New Mexico. And this incident, this one moment in time, has continued to be a topic of heated controversy and debate more than 60 years later.


Now…each year there are more and more speakers who come to the UFO Festival in Roswell (June 30th – July 3rd), and with each year, these speakers bring new facts to light regarding the “truth.” There was a UFO crash, they say, and there were small ‘creatures’ that needed to be covered-up and transported out of Roswell as fast as possible.


This weekend the UFO Festival is busy. Thousands have come to town in order to get in on an alien costume festival, an alien chase that brings in thousands of attendees, as well as a full schedule of speakers offering ‘new data’ being released about an incident that is not leaving imaginations anytime soon.


All year in the town of Roswell hotels have been built for the many that have been booking since last year to make sure they do not miss any “new” news. New restaurants, new vendors, a slew of entertainment acts – people have flocked this weekend to Roswell, enthusiasts as well as skeptics, in order to join in on the celebration of one of the most well-known incidents in the history of the world.


Among the authors and speakers are Don Burleson, who will be discussing “Alien DNA: Some Reasonable Conjectures;” Yvonne Smith, speaking about UFO Abduction Experiences; as well as an entire panel who will each address their own personal abduction experiences and the information/data they have attained over time.


Larry Holcombe will talk about, “The Presidents and UFOs,” offering up new evidence that supports Roswell as being an Extraterrestrial Event that the inner core of Washington, D.C. knew about back in the 1940’s. Ken Johnston will speak about the Moon Apollo Archives, and Stanton Friedman will “Debunk the UFO Debunkers.”


Every detail of the Roswell cover-up will be discussed, and the list of fun activities for children and adults is never-ending. Foods, crafts, collectibles, UFO books and items – the list goes on forever as to what very cool gifts and information can be attained in Roswell, NM over the weekend. So while you’re considering where the best place would be to watch an amazing fireworks show, take into consideration the “one” place on the planet where you can see the lights while chasing those hard-to-get aliens from outer space.

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Source:  Baret News

From Food to Fireworks: The “Best” in July 4th Celebrations


From Food to Fireworks: The “Best” in July 4th Celebrations

by Amy Lignor


We’re all familiar with the celebration of “independence” held in Washington D.C. every year. The red, white and blue blasting into the sky over the cradle of our democracy reminds one and all what it means to be an American…what it means to be free. But there are other elegant galas and celebrations held across the land on July 4th that represent the “best” in a Independence Day, July 4th, Charleston, Aspen, St. Louis, Portland Craft Beer Festival, Austin, The Big Applegreat many categories. And for those who wish to travel to see, taste, and be a part of the flavor of these other “bests,” check out the list below where you can have an absolute ball.

If fireworks are not number one on your list for what makes the “best” July 4th celebration, perhaps music is. And if the best in music is what you’re looking for, head straight to Music City for the holiday. In Nashville, live performances begin on Friday and continue all day long on Saturday, and you don’t have to be a country music fan to love everything you’ll hear. From country to the Nashville Symphony Orchestra to rock and indie rock bands, Nashville will provide it all.

Say you are a beer connoisseur and want this to be the “best” part of your July 4th. If that’s your flavor, then head straight to the Portland Craft Beer Festival in Portland, Oregon. This town is the champion when it comes to supporting new craft beers, and it is here where you can sit back and give hearty toasts to the men and women who helped this country become what it is today. Taste the best in beer, watch a parade, and enjoy the festival, food, and fireworks that wrap the celebration up.

What if you’re looking for the absolute “best” July 4th celebration for the kids? Well, St. Louis, Missouri is big on family-friendly holidays. There they provide live music, three nights of fireworks, and the Family Festival that includes everything from rock climbing to face painting so that your kids can have an absolute ball! And yes, there is always Six Flags on hand that offers a slew of rides. This is the celebration that is a truly memorable vacation.

Looking for the “best” in food for July 4th? The Lone Star State, Austin, Texas, offers that perfect barbecue you’ll find nowhere else on the planet. Even Condé Nast Traveler named this city as one of the best places to eat in the entire country. Add Tex-Mex, unique food trucks and eateries to the menu beside the best barbecue, and you have a July 4th celebration that literally caters to your palette.

Looking for the “best” in quiet and luxury? In Aspen, Colorado you will experience colorful flower-filled hills, farmers markets to die for, and a list of outdoor activities to enjoy in the sunshine. An old-fashioned Main Street parade, followed by a community picnic and live music is right there for the taking, leading up to a stunning fireworks gala blasting over Aspen Mountain.

The “best” hospitality? Charleston, South Carolina is all about serving up charm to its guests ten-fold. Stroll along cobblestone streets, gasp at the incredible antebellum architecture, and then be taken back in history as fireworks are shot from Patriots Point. Sit on the deck of the USS Yorktown in Charleston Harbor, and you’ll get a bird’s eye view of absolute patriotism.

But if you are looking for the “best” in pyrotechnics, The Big Apple is still the only place to go. NBC airs this stunning event from the Brooklyn Bridge and midtown. The display grows in size every year with 50,000+ shells launched in twenty-five minutes. For color and power, NYC is all about the ‘red, white and blue.’


No matter what “best” you’re looking for, just remember to have a happy and extremely safe July 4th!


Source:  Baret News

From Women & Children to NASA – Learn More about Earth Day


From Women & Children to NASA – Learn More about Earth Day

by Amy Lignor


It was in September of 2015, that all 193 member countries of the U.N. met together and decided to clean up habitats in overseas countries in order to combat the rising death toll of maternal women and infants that were dying at a rate of almost fifty percent. This year, that moral and legal pledge continues, as everyone makes sure that by 2030, no woman or child will be left behind or lost because of an unhealthy world.

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There are so many events and campaigns being run for Earth Day, 2016, that it’s important to discover as many as possible. And if you can’t be in that particular area/locale on the 22nd, the Internet provides a very easy way to chime in to each campaign and give either money, or make your own pledge to increase “green” awareness in your own community.


When it comes to the national and international campaigns, everything from making an attempt to build green buildings to enhance each city skyline and create better air quality; to standing behind “green” loans for those who wish to open “green” stores to better the neighborhood, there are a list of causes and paths that each one of us can pledge to walk down in order to save this planet.


One of the largest paths all should follow is getting together to join the solar revolution! From solar-powered homes to office buildings, transportation hubs, planes, trains and automobiles, the possibilities of solar-power are enormous. It is a fact that just recently in Adelaide, Australia, the world was introduced to the very first completely electric solar-powered bus. But Australia is not the only country taking a walk down the solar-powered path. A cooperative utility in Kansas is offering solar power to its members, stemming from their 1-megawatt solar-field. Refugees in Burma are relying on solar-powered lighting, while residents in Austin, Texas, are gung-ho and purchasing solar energy for less than the cost of nuclear, coal or natural gas. We can all keep this incredible momentum going. Having all cities go 100% solar/renewable energy by 2050 is not a fairytale goal anymore. It can be done. With each one of us working to decrease our carbon footprint by jumping on the solar train.


When it comes to getting extra education, there is an outreach effort in Philadelphia that all can go to this Earth Day and learn about the importance of environmental issues including, climate change, water quality, and management of materials.

If the beauty of Colorado is what surrounds you, the Wild Earth Day is definitely something to check out. This is Boulder County’s largest Earth Day event, and has been for the past fifteen years. Held at the University of Colorado, Museum of Natural History, this year’s Earth Day celebration will be action-packed, offering environmental interaction and loads of creative entertainment.


If “The Big Apple” is your home, or you will be lucky enough to travel there for Earth Day, the NYC Green Festival is full of over 250 exhibitors focusing on everything from vegan food to aiding “green” nonprofit organizations. Earth Day Initiative is also celebrated in Union Square, offering live music, interactive displays and kid-friendly activities.


And when it comes to the “big guys,” NASA has even announced their own Earth Day #24 Seven Social Media Event. NASA is inviting everyone from all over the world on April 22nd to share on social media what they’re doing to celebrate the day and how they work to improve our planet. Earth Day #24Seven campaign will give the globe a rare glimpse at the various efforts NASA is undertaking to protect and understand our home planet, including posting snapshots throughout the day on various Earth-related social media accounts that will give a bird’s eye view into NASA Earth science. NASA wishes to improve humankind’s understanding of the most complex planet ever known. Earth-observing satellites, airborne research and field campaigns, and many other NASA programs are designed to observe our planet. Oceans, ice sheets, forests – everything is studied in-depth so that NASA can improve our ability to save our home.


If it’s history that’s extremely fun for you, will be posting everything from videos to articles to historical features and more regarding the history of Earth Day, and what we can do to make sure this planet succeeds.


These represent only a very small part of what April 22, 2016, will bring. Across the world and across the Internet people from all lands are invited to celebrate, learn, and better understand the beauty of this planet and how each of us, in our own little ways, can save it.


Happy Earth Day!


Source:  Baret News

Documentary about Radical Political Party Premieres on PBS on February 16th


The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution

TV Review by Kam Williams

Documentary about Radical Political Party Premieres on PBS on February 16th

The late Stokely Carmichael is famous for coining the phrase “Black power!” What he might not be as well remembered for is founding the Black Panthers. Frustrated by the
tortoise-paced progress of the Civil Rights movement and by the number of martyrs dying and disappearing around the South, he decided to leave SNCC (The Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee) to form a group for folks interested in self-defense.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, TV Review by Kam Williams, Documentary, PBS, February 16

“You tell the people of Mississippi that all the scared [N-words] are dead!” he announced. However, Stokely had little to do with the organization after opening that first chapter in 1965 in Lowndes, Alabama (an 80% black county where no African-American had ever been allowed to vote).

Instead, it would be fall to Huey Newton and Bobby Seale to popularize the Panthers. They opened a storefront in Oakland in 1966, but they didn’t really catch fire until Martin Luther King was assassinated.  At that point, many young African-Americans became disenchanted, which made the idea of confronting the police by brandishing weapons very appealing.

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, TV Review by Kam Williams, Documentary, PBS, February 16

Soon, Panther chapters began spring up all over the country. And it helped recruitment immeasurably when ex-con-turned-best-selling author Eldridge Cleaver came aboard as Minister of Information. After all, the media-savvy spokesperson gave good soundbite, even if it only served to antagonize the police and establishment.

For instance, he called then Governor Reagan “a punk, a sissy and a coward,” going so far as to challenge the Gipper to a duel to the death. And after Huey was arrested for the murder of a police officer, Eldridge threatened open armed war on the streets of the country, if  Newton weren’t freed.

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Meanwhile, J. Edgar Hoover was cooking up a counterintelligence program (COINTELPRO) designed to bring down the Panthers. The FBI proceeded to embark on a surreptitious reign of terror which included frame-ups, disinformation, assassinations and infiltration. The ploy worked, as paranoia came to permeate the organization, which splintered when the leadership became suspicious of one another. Huey called Eldridge a coward. Eldridge then quit and called for hits against anyone still in the Party.

Thus unfolds The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution, a warts-and-all documentary directed by Stanley Nelson (Freedom Riders). The film is fascinating not only because of its copious archival footage, but on account of the many revelations exposing the dark underbelly of an outfit often given a pass in spite of myriad flaws in terms of misogyny and machismo.

The Black Panthers revisited less as a political party concerned about the welfare of the people than as an internecine power struggle between a couple of larger than life egos.

Excellent (4 stars)


Running time: 113 minutes

Distributor: Firelight Films

The Black Panthers: Vanguard of the Revolution Premieres on PBS-TV’s Independent Lens on Tuesday, February 16 @ 9 pm ET/PT (Check local listings)

Source:  Baret News

Beauty Takes to the Skies at the International Balloon Festival


Beauty Takes to the Skies at the International Balloon Festival

~ by Amy Lignor


The World’s Premiere Hot Air Balloon Event is gearing up in Albuquerque once again, and the news for this global occasion (October 3rd-11th) is everywhere. People from all corners of the world are already setting up at the place: “Where Dreams Take Flight.”

No, this is not a New Mexico event, although the culture, beauty and history of the area is a part of the Fiesta. For those who have not yet attended this unforgettable annual meet, it will be interesting to learn that this actually started out as a far smaller Balloon Fiesta back in 1972. What began as a simple conversation to highlight the 50th birthday celebration of a local radio show, grew into an event that all cultures, communities and countries rush to attend.

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Up until this point in time, the largest gathering of hot air balloons ever seen in the world had been only nineteen in England. Bad weather, unfortunately, turned the first Fiesta’s twenty-one scheduled balloons into a gathering of only thirteen, not beating the record. But here is where balloonists competed in races. Balloons with the likeness of the Warner Bros. character, the “coyote” competed against each other, with the one coyote that landed closest to the Roadrunner coming away the winner. Don Piccard, a name that is literally a dynasty when it comes to aviation, won that first race back in 1972. Today, however, the Fiesta has grown monumental. Not only are the coyote and the roadrunner still able to be seen, but every character you could possibly think of has joined them. From Darth Vader to Tweety, there are so many characters, shapes and colors of balloons that Albuquerque finds itself injected with a whole new energy.


The Mass Ascension is what boggles the mind, and can be seen on T.V. news programs everywhere you look. During the Mass Ascension, a launch of all the balloons attending create the most spectacular display of sound and color that the entire field of aviation has ever seen. Launching in two separate waves, the balloons lift into the sky at 7:00 AM, with one balloon flying the American flag while The Star Spangled Banner plays, in the lead.


There are many other things to behold during the events. The Special Shape Rodeo, which began in 1989, has become the most popular over time. These Special Shape Rodeo balloons launch in the afternoons and create not only huge crowds, but massive traffic jams. But it really doesn’t matter if you’re stuck in the car when you get to see these incredible creations decorate the world up above you. Twenty-eight shapes participated in the first event, but the Special Shape Rodeo has grown and grown each and every year, with a ridiculous 108 balloons in 1996 (expected this time around: 125). They also glow from the field in the evenings, moments that have earned the title: Special Shape Glowdeo. Just staring at these huge balloons glowing en mass is an experience that lives with you for all time. And above, after the skies have grown even darker, an after-glow fireworks show commences.


For those who want nothing more than to actually get in that basket and soar, the company Rainbow Ryders offers Official Balloon Rides for the Fiesta. As the official ride concession for this, the largest ballooning event in the world, they are the only authorized company to take off from Balloon Fiesta Park. But calling now and reserving a seat in your incredible balloon that should be done now. (First class seats to a world you have never seen before:


People from all nations and backgrounds have already begun to assemble in Albuquerque, as well as the hundreds of artisans, musical guests, chefs supplying the absolute best in food, and the list goes on and on, are already setting up. So if you are among those that seek adventure; look for that ultimate excitement, the only “must” you have on your list is to attend the Fiesta. Watching these unforgettable balloons take flight, and even hitching a ride, cannot be found anywhere else on the planet!


For more information:

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Source:  Baret News

Best Place to See Pope Francis: Philadelphia


Best Place to See Pope Francis: Philadelphia

By Burt Carey

Pope Francis will visit three cities during his stay in the United States later this month, but the only opportunity for most people to see him will be in Philadelphia on Sept. 26 and 27.

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The Papal visit will be a once-in-a-lifetime event for most Philadelphians and other Americans. Pope Francis will be taking part in the World Meeting of Families in the City of Brotherly Love. It’s a festival that will take place on Benjamin Franklin Parkway Sept. 26, when an estimated 1 million people will be on hand. The following day, the Pontiff will celebrate Mass at the same location, and 2 million people are expected to be there.

The Pope arrives in the U.S. on Sept. 22, flying to Joint Base Andrews from Cuba. President Obama will meet with the Holy See at the White House Sept. 23, followed by midday prayer with bishops of the U.S. at St. Matthew’s Cathedral in Washington D.C. Later in the day, the Pope will hold a Mass of Canonization of Junipero Serra at the Bassilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Pope Francis will address a joint session of the U.S. Congress on the morning of Sept. 24 before a visit to the St. Patrick in the City and Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. From there he flies to New York for evening prayer (vespers) at St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Friday, Sept. 25, the Pope will address the United Nations General Assembly, hold a multi-religious service at the 9/11 Memorial and Museum and visit Our Lady Queen of Angels School in East Harlem. That evening he will hold Mass at Madison Square Garden.

All of those events are closed to the general public. What tickets are available have been distributed through local dioceses. Bottom line: Unless you’re a regular attendee, these Catholic services are reserved for Catholics.

When he arrives in Philadelphia on Saturday, Sept. 26, the Pope will hold Mass at Cathedral Bassilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, and then visit Independence Mall. He arrives at the Festival of Families on Benjamin Franklin Parkway about 7:30 p.m.

The Mass at the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families will begin at 4 p.m.

If you’re traveling to Philadelphia to see the Pope, you’ll want to be organized and have a plan. The World Meeting of Families has a Papal Visit Playbook you can access online: Within the playbook are the do’s and don’ts during the Pope’s visit, from a transportation overview, to pedestrian maps and walking routes, to special dining and event offerings.

Download the “Go Philadelphia!” mobile app and draft a schedule of programs and events you want to attend so your friends and family can plan transportation and travel arrangements in advance. The mobile app will push details about directions and locations of events, family-friendly programs, cultural institutions, and more, to your phone for easy accessibility.

If you or someone you know are traveling by chartered bus, motor coaches, school buses, mini buses, RVs and commercial passenger vans, all buses must be registered at All commercial operators will need to register as unregistered buses will not be allowed to access many roads and reserved bus parking during the weekend of Saturday, Sept. 26 – Sunday, Sept. 27.

With as many as 150 nations represented, the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 will bring together generations, different cultures and various socio-economic groups as well as families from multiple faith traditions. Whether Catholic or of another faith tradition, all will join together to reaffirm the family’s importance as the cornerstone of our global society.Pope Francis, Philadelphia, planning, travel arrangements, transportation, Go Philadelphia, World Meeting of Families, 2015

Sponsored by the Holy See’s Pontifical Council for the Family and the host diocese, each World Meeting has its own unique theme. The theme for Philadelphia is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 is a six-day international event and celebration that draws participants from around the globe

The Congress – scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 22 through Friday, Sept. 25 – will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center and is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to participate in cross-cultural dialogue and prayers during daily Mass, devotions and breakout sessions.


Source:  Sportsmans Lifestyle