In case you haven't noticed, the Catholic Church's Supreme Pontiff is bopping around New York City today. Pope Francis arrived last night, slept in a townhouse on the Upper East Side, then started today with an address at the United Nations. His schedule includes a visit to the 9/11 memorial, followed by a trip to a school in East Harlem, then a procession through Central Park, and mass in Madison Square Garden. (Afterparty at Billy Marks!)

We'll update this throughout the day, with the newest stuff up top, until our souls are purified in the fiery crucible of traffic congestion and crowd control. We can't promise this will be better than that time we liveblogged the Woody Awards, but we will do our best.

6:14 p.m.: Jen Chung got into the park—thanks to a kind white shirt police officer—and took this video of the Holy Father:

5:19 p.m.: The Pope's in the park!

5:10 p.m. Is the Pope in the park yet? Either way, he's got his own NYC ID card now.

4:55 p.m.:: A rainbow!

A line!

A crowd!

And a tricked-out Popemobile!

4:44 p.m.: HE'S COMING.

4:26 p.m.: According to the Fox 10 live feed, Cardinal Timothy Dolan just tried to put his hat on Dante de Blasio who, for some reason, is not at school.

4:04 p.m.: The Pope has made it uptown, where children are singing "When The Pope Goes Marching In":

But things are getting nuts over at Columbus Circle, where people are waiting for the Pope's parade to show up at 5 p.m.:

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(Jen Chung/Gothamist)

Yoga breaths, folks!


On the bright side, some lucky line-dwellers got to hear Pearl Jam's soundcheck for tomorrow's Global Citizen Festival, which will also be held in Central Park. Better than the dulcet sounds of singing children? You be the judge!

And things are a little quieter—nay, ghostly, a little further up CPW:

3:56 p.m.: Papa's on the move!

3:29 p.m. Ave Satana.

3:17 p.m.:Christopher Robbins is scoping out the hordes of humans swallowing 7th Avenue whole, as they await the Pope's evening Mass at MSG. It doesn't look pretty:

These nuns were struck with enough divine power to cut the line:

Meanwhile, by Columbus Circle, we spot a Daily Show correspondent.

Oh, P.S. evening commuters, hope you guys brought a good book!

2:57 p.m.: BUMMER.

2:46 p.m.: The Pope is still resting. Not resting, however, are all the people trying to cram into Central Park right now:

Elsewhere in the city things are far more pleasant, likely because of the Pope's visit but perhaps also because of the Rapture.

More importantly, Jen Chung met the Puppy Pope!

2:25 p.m.: Please enjoy this photo of monks on the train.

Also, if you thought security is tight here, Philly is quite...prepared. Is it Holy War time?

2:04 p.m.: In case you were planning to take the subway to Columbus Circle today, don't!

Security is super tight over at Central Park, where bringing your drone is ill-advised.

Look, a puppy!

Meanwhile, lines rivaling even the fiercest iPhone/Cronut mashup are beginning to form at Madison Square Garden, where the Pope will deliver Friday Mass this evening.

1:51 p.m.: His Holiness is having a little rest before visiting the schoolchildren, but the Central Park line-waiters are holding strong:

Now seems like as good a time as any to remind you that the Pope will be releasing a prog- rock album, Wake Up!, later this year.

And here is a very happy priest:

1:26 p.m.: WHAT A TIME TO BE ALIVE.

(Don't worry, there were selfie-sticks.)

1:16 p.m.: Cool truck, Pope.

Meanwhile, it appears the Pope's visit has sparked new spiritualism here in NYC:

1:04 p.m.:Jen Chung is on the scene at Central Park—she shot video of a portion of the Pope Parade-awaiting line from 67th to 64th Street on Central Park West, which you can see below:

One patient queuer proudly holds an Argentina jersey, paying homage to the Pope's home country:

12:51 p.m.: Not even nuns are spared security patdowns. Sorry, Sister!

On the bright side, buying a Pope button will get you a "soft cloud in heaven." Capitalism is #blessed after all!

12:32 p.m.: The Pope has left the 9/11 Memorial and is now on the move, much to the chagrin of Condé Nast employees craning to get a look at him from their 1 WTC perch:

For the record, he's wearing white.

The Pope is heading uptown to visit a third grade class at Our Lady Queen of Angels school in East Harlem—Secret Service agents are preparing for his arrival.

12:20 p.m.: For those of you who've dreamed of a post-apocalyptic Madison Square Garden, wonder no more!

12:03 p.m.: New Yorkers, tourists, believers and non-believers all love to wait on lines:


LOOK AT ALL THE PEOPLE.

And over at the 9/11 memorial, selfie sticks begin to make an appearance:

11:52 a.m.: Pope merch on fleek.

11:42 a.m.: WAR IS OVER!

11:30 a.m.: The pope is at the WTC memorial now, and he just blessed one of the reflecting pools. You should be able to watch his interfaith meeting via YouTube livestream starting at noon NOW: