- 8:30 a.m. - Departure from Andrews Air Force Base.
- 9:45 a.m. - Arrival at John F. Kennedy International Airport (Diocese of Brooklyn). Cardinal Edward M. Egan, archbishop of New York and Bishop Nicholas A. DiMarzio, bishop of Brooklyn will welcome Pope Benedict. Two school children will present flowers to the Pope: Kaitlin Karcher, eighth-grader at Our Lady of Grace School, Gravesend, Brooklyn and Christopher Jordan, fifth-grader at Divine Mercy Catholic Academy, Ozone Park, Queens.
- Archbishop Celestino Migliore, Holy See’s permanent observer to the United Nations
- Bishop William F. Murphy, bishop of Rockville Centre
- Bishop Gregory John Mansour, eparch of Saint Maron of Brooklyn for Maronites
- Bishop Manuel Batakian, eparch of Our Lady of Nareg in New York for Armenian Catholics
- Bishop Thomas V. Daily, bishop emeritus of Brooklyn
- State and local government representatives