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Pope Francis US Visit 2015: Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Hudson, Juanes & More to Perform at Events

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The lineup of artists performing for Pope Francis' upcoming U.S. visit has been announced.

Gloria Estefan, Jennifer Hudson, Kelli O'Hara, and James (D Train) Williams will reportedly grace the pontiff's New York event, The New York Times listed. Grammy-nominated gospel choir Broadway Inspirational Voices and the St. Charles Borromeo Choir also have numbers, including the recitation of the rosary and the sacrament of reconciliation.

The pope will also pay a visit to Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. for his first ever U.S. trip scheduled from Sept. 22 to Sept. 27, The New York Times added.

Also performing for the afternoon concert at Madison Square Garden, NYC on Sept. 25 are Harry Connick, Jr., Norm Lewis, and Martin Sheen. The program is called "A Journey in Faith" and was also expected to incorporate prayers, Billboard wrote. The event will take place before Pope Francis' evening Mass at the indoor arena.

Aretha Franklin will perform for the Philadelphia leg of the pope's tour, the news outlet added. She joins the roster of stars for the Festival of Families dated Sept. 26, the closing ceremony for the triennial World Meeting of Families conference. Organizers also announced that "Ted" actor Mark Wahlberg will serve as the event's host, while comedian Jim Gaffigan will perform.

Others on the list of performers are The Fray, Sister Sledge, Andrea Bocelli, Juanes, and The Philadelphia Orchestra, Billboard further listed. On Sept. 27, Pope Francis will hold a Mass before an estimated crowd of 1 million people. No celebrities and performers were announced for the pontiff's Washington visit.

U.S. President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama will lead the welcoming committee when the pontiff arrives at the Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland, Washington on Sept. 22, NY Daily News reported.

Pope Francis to Deliver Spanish Speeches in U.S. Visit

Pope Francis will reportedly deliver 14 speeches in his native Spanish when he visits the U.S., which includes a high-profile speech addressed to the United Nations, The Guardian wrote. Only four speeches are expected to be in English, such as the one before the Congress in Washington and another at the White House.

Federico Lombardi, the Vatican's chief spokesman, said that it's easier for the Argentine pope to communicate in his native language. The pontiff's decision to speak in Spanish is symbolic of the major themes his U.S. visit will tackle, which includes immigration, The Guardian noted.

There are expectations that Pope Francis will discuss Europe's migration crisis "during a speech about the need to protect creation at the UN, but will also likely discuss the US's history of welcoming immigrants - and its treatment of immigrants today, particularly Latinos," the news outlet added.

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