Thursday, February 12, 2015


 New York City Council Speaker, Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bronx Borough President, Ruben Diaz, Jr., New York City Comptroller, Scott Stringer, Congressman Jose E. Serrano and New York City Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson are publicly inviting Pope Francis to Yankee Stadium. In a full-page newspaper ad the officials are asking The Pontiff to conduct a mass at the new Stadium when he visits NYC in September. The last papal mass at Yankee Stadium was led by Pope Benedict XVI in 2008 at the old Stadium. 

“We have a new Pope, a new Stadium and a new hope for The Bronx and our city,” said Speaker Mark-Viverito.

“This is the 50th anniversary of the first-ever, papal visit to the United States,” Borough President Diaz said. “We are inviting Pope Francis to celebrate that historic event here, this fall,” 

“It would be an honor to host the first Latin American Pope in the only New York district with a Latino majority,” said Congressman Serrano. 

“Papal visits to the Stadium are a great city tradition which we want to continue,” said Comptroller Stringer.

 “The whole district is excited,” said the BID’s executive director, Dr. Cary Goodman. “This community has hosted global leaders like Nelson Mandela, Rev. Billy Graham and three Popes,” Councilwoman Gibson noted. “We’d love to host Pope Francis, too.”  

The Pope’s New York itinerary has not yet been finalized.


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As New Yorkers, we are honored and delighted that you will be visiting our great city next September. 

Your appearance before the world’s Presidents, Prime Ministers and Premiers will be a highlight of the UN’s General Assembly.

We, the undersigned, invite you to conduct a public mass at Yankee Stadium while you are here.

Your address to The Bronx’s families, friends and faithful will commemorate a fifty year tradition

A mass at Yankee Stadium will help lift the spirits of our citizens and offer a vision of hope.begun by Pope Paul VI, followed by John Paul II and last done by Benedict XVI.

Yankee Stadium is the Bronx’s great cathedral, and the largest stadium in our city, a global icon befitting your ministry

Please accept our invitation in the name of a world of peace and justice.


NYC City Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito, Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz, Jr., NYC Comptroller Scott Stringer, U.S. Congressman Jose E. Serrano,  NYC Councilwoman Vanessa Gibson, and 161st Street BID Dr. Cary Goodman

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