With Saturday's visit going off without a glitch, Pope Francis has another busy day in Philadelphia. With wildly differing estimates of the expected crowd, it's still probably a safe bet to get to the Parkway early. It's also possible he could meet with victims of sex abuse.
— Alejandro Alvarez (@PhillyRover) September 27, 2015
Sheena Parveen of our partner NBC10 says we'll see clouds, but no rain. Precipitation should stay to our south, with another breezy day just like Saturday. Look for temperatures to remain in the mid-70s through the afternoon.
If there is rain, it won't likely arrive until Monday afternoon when we'll see highs in the 80s. The 78-year-old "people's pope" will be back in Rome by then.
The lineup for Sunday's papal events:
9:30 a.m.: Meeting with bishops from around the world at St. Martin’s Chapel, St. Charles Borromeo Seminary. It is not open to the public.
11 a.m.: Curran-Fromhold Correction Facility Visit, where he'll meet with a group of about 100 prisoners, including rapists, killers and mobsters. It is not open to the public. An opponent of the death penalty, the pope often visits with prisoners, sometimes washing their feet.
— Philadelphia Prisons (@PhillyPrisons) September 27, 2015
The Assoiciated Press is reporting that Francis has been widely expected to meet privately with sex abuse victims. But details have been unclear. ( Cardinal Justin Rigali, the former Archbishop of Philadelphia who retired in 2011 amid a scandal over clergy sex abuse, celebrated Mass with Francis on Saturday.)
4 p.m.: Papal Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. He'll have a short parade through Center City before taking to the altar. The Mass is the climactic event for the World Meeting of Families and is open to the public. Early estimates predicted one million might arrive for the Mass. But Saturday's crowds appeared thinner than expected.
7 p.m.: Pope Francis departs Philadelphia for Rome from Atlantic Aviation at the Philadelphia International Airport. Those seeing off will include, organizers, volunteers and some officials. The event is not open to the public.