Pope Francis said Monday that he will visit Philadelphia in September 2015, his first trip to the United States since being elected pontiff.
Francis is due to attend the “World Meeting of Families” in Philadelphia, an event held every three years in different cities, where prelates are expected to discuss family issues. Francis will also hold a Mass, likely on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway, which could draw up to a million people.
Last week, more than 10,000 Philadelphia Catholic schoolchildren wrote to Francis asking him to visit. Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter said on Monday the event would be the largest in the city's modern history.
Describing Francis’ visit,...