The Papal Mass

A Mass That Made History

The Mass celebrated by Pope Francis on the East Portico of the Basilica of the Immaculate Conception on Sept. 23, 2015, was historic for many reasons. It was the first public Mass celebrated by Pope Francis in the United States, the first time in this country that the congregation for a papal Mass has gathered on a university campus, and the first canonization to take place in the United States.

Read more about the canonization of Blessed Junípero Serra and the preparations for the papal Mass.

> View rendering of papal altar area (PDF)

> View diagram of site plan for the papal Mass (PDF)

> Mass Program (PDF)

> Read the Pope’s homily

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