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2015 Papal Visit

The Associated Press compiled a style guide of terms and definitions for coverage of Pope Francis' first trip to Cuba and the United States, Sept. 19-27. Many terms are from the AP Stylebook: Others are common usage in AP news stories, with contributions from AP Religion Writer Rachel Zoll.

Pope Francis will visit Cuba from Sept. 19-22, then the U.S. through Sept. 27. In Washington, he will canonize Junipero Serra, the 18th-century Franciscan who evangelized what would become California. The pope will address a joint meeting of Congress on Sept. 24, then speak at the U.N. General Assembly on Sept. 25 in New York. Philadelphia will be the next stop for the World Meeting of Families. The pope departs for Rome on Sept. 27.

Religious Terms
Religious titles pope Capitalize when used as a formal title before a name; lowercase in all other uses: Pope Francis spoke to the crowd. At the close of his address, the pope gave his blessing. Francis may be used alone on second reference.
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