RELIGION

Pope to meet with homeless, prisoners and immigrants during US-Cuba trip

  • Pope Francis blesses the faithful as he celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope Francis blesses the faithful as he celebrates the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter's Square at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

  • Pope Francis caresses a baby as he celebrates a mass where he bestowed the Pallium, a woolen shawl symbolizing their bond to the pope, to new Metropolitan Archbishops, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

    Pope Francis caresses a baby as he celebrates a mass where he bestowed the Pallium, a woolen shawl symbolizing their bond to the pope, to new Metropolitan Archbishops, in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, Monday, June 29, 2015. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)  (The Associated Press)

Pope Francis will meet with homeless people, immigrants and prisoners during his upcoming trip to Cuba and the United States. He'll also preside over a meeting about religious liberty — a major topic for the U.S. Catholic Church in the wake of the Supreme Court's gay marriage decision.

The Vatican published the itinerary Tuesday for the eagerly awaited Sept. 19-28 visit.

Francis added the Cuba leg onto the U.S. trip at the last minute after helping contribute to the historic thaw in U.S.-Cuba relations.

In the U.S., he will meet with President Barack Obama at the White House and become the first pope to address Congress. He will host an interfaith gathering at Ground Zero in New York and deliver a speech on sustainable development at the United Nations.