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8/20/2014 (1 year ago)

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Surprise announcement comes as pontiff plans three-day visit to the United States

While Pope Francis has confirmed that he is planning to come to the U.S. next year, a spokesman says that the pontiff may visit New York City. Pope Francis hopes to address Congress and the United Nations, as well as attend a meeting in Philadelphia. A surprise visit to New York City has not yet been officially confirmed. 

Pope Francis also said there was a possibility he would add Mexico to his travel plans, specifically to visit the Madonna of Guadalupe shrine Mexico City, 'But it's not sure,' he said.

Pope Francis also said there was a possibility he would add Mexico to his travel plans, specifically to visit the Madonna of Guadalupe shrine Mexico City, "But it's not sure," he said.

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By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

8/20/2014 (1 year ago)

Published in U.S.

Keywords: Pope Francis, New York City, possible visit, 2015


LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - It came as a surprise announcement when Pope Francis said he's contemplating coming to New York City. Francis confirmed on the plane returning from South Korea that he's planning to make his first visit to United States as pontiff in September 2015.

Pope Francis told reporters while aboard the Papal Plane that he wants to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, address Congress in Washington and speak at the United Nations.

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"Next year I'd like to go to Philadelphia for the family meeting," the spiritual leader of the world's 78.2 million Catholics said.

"I was invited by the President of the United States, by the American parliament and the secretary-general of the United Nations," he said. "So maybe the three cities together."

Pope Francis also said there was a possibility he would add Mexico to his travel plans, specifically to visit the Madonna of Guadalupe shrine Mexico City, "But it's not sure," he said.

If the trip is completed, it would mark the first visit by a pope to New York City since 2008, when Pope Benedict addressed the U.N. General Assembly and became the first pontiff to visit a U.S. Jewish temple, the Park East Synagogue on E. 67th St.

"We're excited Pope Francis is considering visiting New York City as part of a trip to the United States," Mayor de Blasio said, who extended an invitation to the pope when he met last month in Rome with Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Pietro Parolin.

"We're hoping and praying for good news from the Vatican," a spokesman for the New York Archdiocese said.

"His message of tackling income inequality and his commitment to social justice resonate deeply with our City," de Blasio said in a statement.  "The Pope embodies values like fairness, compassion and tolerance that New Yorkers cherish, and we would be honored to receive him."

New York Archdiocese spokesman Joe Zwilling, however warns that the Vatican has yet to confirm any plans for the papal visit to New York.

"Obviously, we are still waiting for word," Zwilling said. "We're hoping and praying for good news from the Vatican."

To date, "The Big Apple" has hosted four visits from popes, dating back to Pope Paul VI's trip there in 1965. Pope John Paul II visited the city twice - once in 1979 and again in 1995.

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