Officials: Popemobile to travel on streets near White House

Pope Francis will travel in the Popemobile on streets between the White House and National Mall when he visits Washington later this month, the Archdiocese of Washington announced Thursday.

The Archdiocese said spectators won't need tickets to view the parade on Sept. 23, but they will have to pass through security and can't bring in food or drink. The Archdiocese said security gates will open at 4 a.m. that day and close at 10 a.m. Spectators won't be able to leave and re-enter until the pope is finished with the tour.

The Archdiocese also announced Thursday that spectators will be able to watch live coverage of the day on a video screen set up on the grounds of the Washington Monument. After he visits the White House on the morning of Sept. 23 and travels in the Popemobile, Pope Francis will address U.S. bishops at the Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle and canonize 18th-century Spanish missionary Junipero Serra during a Mass on the east portico of the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception.

Officials are scheduled to talk more about the logistics of the visit at a press conference later Thursday.

The pope is scheduled to spend 48 hours in the nation's capital, arriving from Cuba the afternoon of Sept. 22 and departing for New York on the afternoon of Sept. 24. He will also visit Philadelphia before returning to Rome.

The trip is the 78-year-old pope's first visit to the United States.

The last pope to visit the United States was Francis' predecessor, Pope Benedict XVI, the pope emeritus, who visited Washington and New York in 2008.