Miami Archbishop Thomas Wenski will be at all six stops that Pope Francis will make during his Sept. 19-27 visit to Cuba and the United States. That includes the pontiff’s visit to New York, where Wenski has been invited to appear on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.
The archdiocese also is organizing pilgrimages to Havana, Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia. The largest contingent — 189 pilgrims, including South Florida Catholics, a smattering from the rest of the United States, and bishops and priests — will travel to Havana where Mass will be celebrated in the Plaza de la Revolución against a backdrop of huge images of revolutionary icons Che Guevara and Camilo Cienfuegos.
Wenski had initially thought logistical problems would keep him from attending papal Masses in Holguín and El Cobre in eastern Cuba, but a flight organized for members of the Conference of Catholic Bishops of Cuba and the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops means he’ll also be at those stops on the papal itinerary before heading to Washington, where he’ll be in attendance when Francis addresses a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Sept. 24.