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Time Warner to carry special channel for Pope Francis visit

Time Warner Cable News is giving Pope Francis his own channel starting Sunday for its coverage of his historic visit to Cuba and the United States.

At 8 a.m. Sunday, TWCN will debut what it is calling a special Papal Visit Channel. It will be on Channel 199.

An hour later, Channel 199 will carry a live Sunday Mass from Revolution Square in Cuba.

The plan is for the Papal Visit Channel to “feature daily, wall-to-wall coverage of Pope Francis’s visit, including all his public appearances, masses, and speeches shown live in their entirety” until his return to Rome, Italy on September 27.

Channel 199 also will carry a one-hour review program, “Papal Visit 2015,” at 10 p.m. nightly to recap the day’s events.

Pope Francis will be in Cuba until Tuesday, when he heads to the United States.

Of course, his visit could be must-see TV for many of the 600,000 Catholics in Western New York. But Pope Francis could have a wider audience since he also has quickly proven to be popular with members of other religious faiths.

He will have an official welcome ceremony and meeting with President Obama at the White House on Wednesday and address a joint session of Congress on Thursday before conducting a service at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York City the same day.

On Friday, Sept. 25, he will address the United Nations General Assembly in New York City, hold a multi-faith event at the site of the World Trade Center and conduct a Mass at Madison Square Garden.

On Saturday, Sept. 26, Pope Francis will head to Philadelphia to conduct a Mass at the Cathedral of Saints Peter, give an address at Independence Mall and visit the Festival of Families.

Before heading back to Rome on Sunday, Sept. 27, he will hold a meeting with bishops from World Meeting of Families at St. Martin’s Chapel and conduct a Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

TWC’s coverage also will be available from, Local on Demand Channel 1020,  the TWC TV App and the TWC News App.

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