News Pope to stress interfaith ties during NYC visit, Cardinal Dolan says Pope Francis visiting Albania September 21, 2014. The pope plans to visit the United States from from September 22 to 27 2015. By EMILY NGO email@example.com @epngo July 19, 2015 12:34 PM Print Share fbShare Tweet Email Pope Francis will seek to emphasize the importance of interreligious relations during his September visit to New York City and will hold up the city as a prime example of harmony among faiths, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said Sunday. Dolan said the pontiff will reflect and grieve on the use of religion as a vehicle of violence during the 9/11 terrorist attacks and then meet with clerical leaders who work toward a peaceful path together. "Pope Francis has been amazed at the interreligious friendship and harmony in the United States and especially in New York," Dolan told 970/AM host John Catsimatidis during a radio interview. His busy schedule while in the city includes a Sept. 25 address to the General Assembly of the United Nations that will be "a ringing call for religious freedom, the protection of all religions around the world, particularly religious minorities," Dolan said. Immediately afterward, Francis will "be in tearful silence at the Sept. 11 memorial where religion was used in a perverse and viciously evil way to justify an act of terror," Dolan said. "What he's telling the world is this is not the way religion should be used." He will next visit the underground museum at the memorial site where 500 leaders representing the city's diversity in faiths will gather, Dolan said. This is a contingent of clerics "who love one another, who get along well and who work together for the betterment of this great city," the cardinal said. "He's more or less saying this is the way that religion should get along, so I think it's going to be powerful." Francis' first visit as pontiff to the United States -- from Sept. 22 to 27 -- also includes tours to Washington, D.C., and Philadelphia, where he will attend the World Meeting of Families. "That's the main course," Dolan said of the Philadelphia summit. "Why don't I do some pasta and antipasto?" Dolan joked about the pope's thinking when he added stops in Washington and New York. Pope Francis' one-day, two-night swing through New York City will also feature evening prayers at the newly restored St. Patrick's Cathedral on Fifth Avenue, a visit to an inner-city Catholic school in East Harlem, a meeting with immigrants at the nearby Catholic Charities site and a Mass for 25,000 at Madison Square Garden. Visit organizers and law enforcement officials are still working toward a "compromise" that allows masses of supporters to see Francis while ensuring his safety and security, Dolan said. "Some type of open vehicle" may be used and the pontiff's routes will be eventually publicized, Dolan said. By EMILY NGO firstname.lastname@example.org @epngo Emily Ngo covers the White House and national politics for Newsday, having followed President Donald Trump to Washington, D.C., after following him on the campaign trail. Share on Facebook Share on Twitter More on this topic Commentary, analysis about Pope FrancisAnalysis of Pope Francis and his papacy. NYC residents: Pope's visit may be answer to prayersEast Harlem residents and families whose children attend the Catholic school that Pope Francis plans ... Pope: Humans turning Earth into 'immense pile of filth'Pope Francis, in a sweeping manifesto calling for radical change to confront environmental degradation and climate change, says an economic system in which the rich exploit the poor is turning Earth into an "immense pile of filth." LIers weigh in as Vatican talks family issuesFor some Catholics it is nothing short of revolutionary, a theological earthquake that brings back ... Comments We're revamping our Comments section. Learn more and share your input.