Joe Raedle/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — The pope is coming to America. That’s right: Pope Francis is set to touch down on American soil Tuesday for the very first time.
The head of the Catholic Church kicked-off his current overseas trip in Cuba on Saturday, and departed Tuesday for his maiden voyage to America, which begins in its capital city. From Washington, D.C., Pope Francis will continue his expected six-day stint in the U.S. in New York City and Philadelphia before heading home to Vatican City.
From the uber-high security detail to the enormous traveling entourage and everything in between, here’s how the globetrotting pontiff will get from point A to point B during his stay in America.
When the Pope travels, he brings what amounts to a mini-Vatican along with him. According to Crux, the pope’s traveling church entourage includes about 30 people, such as the Vatican clergy and employees of the Vatican press office.
Pope Francis doesn’t speak English as strongly as he does other languages, so his official translator for his trip to America, Monsignor Mark Miles, will remain close to the pope during his visit. Msgr. Miles was the man by Pope Francis’ side when President Obama visited him at the Vatican March 27, 2014.
Also accompanying the pope during his tour of America is a massive security detail. Vatican Security and the U.S. Secret Service have teamed up to provide protection during his stay.
Where the Pope Is Staying in D.C.
While in Washington, Pope Francis will stay at the Apostolic Nunciature of the Holy See to the United States, colloquially known as the “Vatican Embassy.” Located on the portion of Massachusetts Avenue known as “Embassy Row,” the Vatican Embassy boasts a chapel, beautiful stained-glass windows and a small outdoor garden.
What the Pope Brings With Him
He may be arguably the most famous person in the world, but Pope Francis isn’t above carrying his own luggage.
The pope was first seen carrying his own baggage in 2013 while boarding the papal plane for a trip to Brazil. During the press conference on the papal return flight, Pope Francis revealed what he carries in his traveling black leather satchel: A razor, a breviary, an appointment book and a book to read.
“I was carrying it because that’s what I’ve always done. When I travel, I carry it,” the pope said.
Sure enough, Pope Francis was seen toting the black bag upon his departure for Cuba on Saturday.
The Pope’s Ride
The famous “Popemobile,” which allows Popes to elevate above crowds, isn’t always the same car. There are several different vehicles that make up a larger papal vehicle fleet. A modified Jeep Wrangler will serve as his Popemobile American ride. The Popemobile bares the custom license plate “SCV 1,” the initials for Status Civitatis Vaticanae, Latin for Vatican City State.
Even before his papal inauguration in March 2013, Pope Francis was known for being different from the papal pack that preceded him. One key difference that will be on full display during his time in the U.S.: For the most part, he insists […]