The Pope has taken his first trip to the United States since taking office, visiting the Army’s headquarters in Quantico, Virginia, and visiting military families who are coping with the death of a son.
Pope Francis has met with members of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, and the military has announced that it will give the Pope a “special honorarium” in exchange for his visit.
On Friday, Pope Francis will travel to a military base in South Carolina to meet with troops and meet with other military leaders.
The Pope’s first stop is Fort Bragg, a military installation in North Carolina, which is home to around 200,000 active duty and reserve troops.
On Monday, he will travel on a private jet to visit the military’s main headquarters in Washington, D.C. The trip is a symbolic move for Francis, who has been outspoken about the need for greater military spending.
He also has spoken out against the military and military politics in the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, and France.