Pope Francis makes historic visit to New York

Posted at 10:49 AM, Sep 25, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-25 10:49:41-04

Pope Francis has been nothing short of an exciting story line since he touched down in America on Tuesday, his first ever visit to the country.

Friday, Pope Francis will speak to the largest gathering of the United Nations ever assembled on what is their 70th Anniversary. Topics said to include much of what the Pope talked about with the joint session of Congress. Climate change, immigration and acceptance. For the first time in history, the Vatican flag will be raised over the United Nations.

The Pontiff will eventually leave there and travel to the 9/11 Memorial site and will also go inside of One World Trade for a prayer service for victims' families, survivors and first responders who were there on September 11.

Then it's off to a Our Lady of Angels School in Harlem. A school with predominately African-American and Hispanic children.

A parade through Central Park will follow where 80,000 people have tickets.

Then it's Mass at Madison Square Garden for a crowd of about 20,000.

The Secret Service is heading up this security operation. The largest in U.S. history. 83 city blocks of Manhattan, which is about 10 miles of road, will be closed at one time as the Pope moves through New York City for his visit of about 40 hours.

He might leave his political rhetoric behind in New York when he leaves for Philadelphia Saturday morning, where he is expected to spread his message about the importance of family. Quite possibly ready to hammer home his own words as "You don't have to believe to receive."

Stay with ABC Action News as anchor Laura Harris will have continuing coverage of the Pope's trip in America on air and online.