Pope Francis Arrives in New York City

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Pope Francis kisses Maria Teresa Heyer, a 1st grade student from Brooklyn, as he is greeted by Heyer and other students who gave him gifts as he arrives at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York. =Craig Ruttle/AP/Pool/Reuters

After an exciting two days in Washington, Pope Francis traveled to New York City on Thursday. The pope arrived at New York's John F. Kennedy Airport around 5:30 p.m. Follow along with Newsweek's live updates as we track the pope: 

7:04 p.m.: Leading the prayer at St. Patrick's, the pope wore green and gold Papal regalia.

6:55 p.m.: Pope Francis is at St. Patrick's for a prayer service. He was in a Jeep version of the popemobile as he made his way up Fifth Avenue to the church. 

09_24_PopeNYC_06 Pope Francis waves to crowds outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Damon Winter/The New York Times/Pool/Reuters

09_24_PopeNYC_08 Pope Francis rides by crowds outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York. Damon Winter/The New York Times/Pool/Reuters

6:09 p.m.: The pope is headed uptown, using the FDR. He'll be traveling to St. Patrick's Cathedral in Midtown Manhattan. He bypassed the crowd waiting near the helicopter landing area to see him. 

6:03 p.m.: FDNY water cannons (which look a bit like a fountain) spray behind Pope Francis and his helicopters.

6:01 p.m.: Four helicopters have landed, three carrying bishops and the fourth carrying the pope. The Fiat is set up about 50 feet away from the pope's helicopter.

5:58 p.m.: Two large helicopters landed on the helipad in New York City's Financial District on the east side of the city.

 

5:45 p.m.: Black SUVs are parked in a long line on the road next to the helipad. A growing crowd waits to see the pope.

5:30 p.m.: An NYPD police officer tells Newsweek the FDR Drive will be closed to all traffic from the Seaport to the Queensboro Bridge on 59th Street. Pope Francis is staying on 72nd and Madison Avenue, according to the office. 

5:26 p.m.: There are at least four NYPD boats and three United States Coast Guard ships in the East River around the helipad.

5:21 p.m.: Pope Francis has landed at JFK airport in Queens. He will now take a helicopter to the southern tip of Manhattan, where crowds are lining his expected route to an event tonight at the St. Patrick's Cathedral in New York City.

4:26 p.m.: Pope Francis is in the air! He'll touch down in New York City in about 45 minutes.

4:19 p.m.: The plane is traveling down the runway. 

4:15 p.m.: The pilot waved out the window as Vatican flags fly above his head on the plane. The plane should be taking off shortly.

4:04 p.m.: Pope Francis carried his own bag onto the plane.

4:01 p.m.: The pope is boarding the plane. He turns around to wave goodbye to the cheering crowd. 

4:00 p.m.: The pope says goodbye to John Kerry. 

3:59 p.m.:  Pope Francis has a red carpet to board the plane. He also received a red carpet when he walked off the plane after arriving in Washington D.C. 

3:56 p.m.: Arriving in his black Fiat 500, the pope and his length security procession are arriving at the the airbase.

3:52 p.m.: The pope leave from the Joint Base Andrews where an American commercial plane is waiting for him. Media will be allowed on the plane with the pope. He's running just a few minutes late.

3:45 p.m.: Pope Francis greeted some fans during his ride in the popemobile to the airport.