Pope Francis reportedly will makes his first trip to the U.S. as pontiff next year – to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput announced the pope had accepted his invitation to the World Meeting of Families yesterday at the Tekakwitha Conference in Fargo, N.D., according to the Catholic News Service. The meeting will be held Sept. 22 to 27, 2015, and Chaput said, “The pope will be with us the Friday, Saturday and Sunday of that week.”
A Vatican spokesman said today Pope Francis has expressed “his willingness to participate” in the World Meeting of Families, according to CNS. The pope also has received invitations to visit other U.S. cities, including New York and Washington.