Pope Francis
Pope Francis meets Ecuador’s President Rafael Correa during a private audience in the pontiff’s library at the Vatican on April 19, 2013. AFP PHOTO / POOL / TONY GENTILETONY GENTILE/AFP/Getty Images

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CHICAGO – Thirteen Filipino-American children between Grades 3 and 12 are being invited to participate in activities welcoming Pope Francis in the early morning of Sept. 24 when the Pope visits Washington, D.C.

The Philippine Embassy in Washington, D.C. said parents of the children have until Sept. 17 to nominate their children. They have to send in the names of their children, their dates of birth, names of their schools and grades and their contact information by sending an email to [email protected]

For children to qualify,

  • They must be Filipino or Filipino-American and must be in Grades 3-12;
  • The children must be at a predetermined pick-up area on the morning of September 24. Estimated meeting time is 6 a.m.;
  • The children must attend a briefing if required by the Archdiocese of Washington;
  • Parents/grandparents may not join their children/grandchildren;
  • Children will be accompanied by two chaperones to be selected by the embassy;
  • Other details (attire, exact venue, etc.) are to be determined by the Archdiocese of Washington and will be shared once known.

The qualifying children will be picked up by random, and their names will be announced on September 18.

The Philippine Embassy thanked the Archdiocese of Washington, under His Eminence, Donald Cardinal Wuerl, for allowing Filipino and Filipino-American children to participate in welcoming the Holy Father to Washington, DC.

The Pope’s trip will start on Sept. 19 in Cuba and end in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Sept. 27 with stops in Washington, D.C. and New York. He will be in Cuba from Sept. 19 to 22. From Cuba, he will arrive in Washington, D.C. for a meeting with President Obama at 9:15 a.m. with welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House. ([email protected])