Published On: Wed, Nov 19th, 2014

Pope Francis coming to America in 2015

Pope Francis announced that he is coming to the United States next year. Francis said Monday that he will travel to Philadelphia in September for the World Meeting of Families, a conference that is held every three years.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, the conference’s organizer personally invited him to the city in March. President Barack Obama has also extended an invitation to the pope.
Pope Francis I donkeyhoteyVatican officials haven’t confirmed the details of his trip, but he is expected to visit New York and Washington.
The pope “wanted to guarantee his presence to the organizers of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia 2015, but for the rest I have nothing to say, no concrete information to give,” the Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi told reporters.
“The Holy Father answered our invitation by whispering three words in Tom’s ear: ‘I will come,'” said Susan Corbett, Pennsylvania’s first lady
It will be the first pontifical trip to the U.S. since 2008.”What an historic day, and an unparalleled day for the city of Philadelphia,” Mayor Michael Nutter said. “We could not be more excited.”
 The World Meeting of Families, set for Sept. 22-27, will feature several days of workshops, lectures and other activities. The conference — and the events surrounding it — are open to anyone who pays the registration fee.Francis is expected to participate in the gathering’s closing days and, like Pope John Paul II in 1979, celebrate a Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.”We’re very, very grateful for this opportunity,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput, who was at the Vatican for Francis’ announcement Monday.

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