The archbishop of Philadelphia says Pope Francis has accepted his invitation to visit the city next year, but the archdiocese says there has been no official confirmation by the Vatican.
The Catholic News Service reports Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday that “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming” to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in 2015.
Chaput reportedly made the announcement Thursday in North Dakota. He said the pope planned to spend three days in Philadelphia.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia said in a statement that any official confirmation will come approximately six months prior to the event.
“While Archbishop Chaput’s comments do not serve as official confirmation, they do serve to bolster our sincere hope that Philadelphia will welcome Pope Francis next September,” the statement read.
A Vatican spokesman said Pope Francis has expressed “his willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families” in Philadelphia.
He said the pope has also received invitations to visit New York, Washington and the United Nations, which he is considering.