2015 Papal US Visit Bronze Medallion$ 29.95 5968BZ
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2015 Papal US Visit Bronze MedallionPrice: $ 29.95 SKU: 5968BZ
Availability: In Stock
Weight: Approx. 2 ozs.
Measurements: Story card bi-fold 6” x 3.75”
Obverse: Portrait of Pope Francis
Reverse: Depicts the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, “Papal Visit September 2015”.
From September 22-27, 2015, Pope Francis made his first papal visit to the United States. The first stop was Washington DC where Francis met with President Barack Obama at the White House, celebrated an outdoor mass at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conceptions and became the first Pope to address a joint session of the US Congress.
From Washington, DC, Francis traveled to New York City for an address to the United Nations on September 25. The Pope’s US visit concluded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he attended the World Meeting of Families and celebrated an outdoor Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway before departing on September 27.
The medallion was engraved by Don Everhart, lead engraver of the United States Mint.
Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra during a Mass in Washington DC on September 23, 2015 at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (featured on the reverse of the medallion).
This is the first was canonization on American soil. the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception is the largest Roman Catholic church in the United States and North America. It is one of the ten largest churches in the world! Designated as a National Sanctuary of Prayer and Pilgrimage, the Basilica is dedicated to the patroness of the United States-the Blessed Virgin Mary under her title of the Immaculate Conception. Junipero Serra, a Franciscan Friar, was born on November 24, 1713 in Mallorca, Spain. At the age of 36 he felt the call to missionary service. He crossed the Atlantic to begin his missionary career in Mexico and later in what is now known as California. Known as the Apostle of California, Serra founded 21 missions between 1769 and 1782. They were the basis for major cities including San Diego, San Francisco Santa Barbara, and Santa Clara. Before his death in 1784, at the age of 71, Junipero Serra had baptized over 6,000 people. The cause for his beatification began in the Diocese of Monterey-Fresno in 1934. He was beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1988. On January 15, 2015, Pope Francis announced that he would canonize him during a Mass in Washington DC on September 23, 2015. This is the first ever canonization on American soil.