Pope Francis will visit the United States next year, the Catholic News Service reported today. It will be his first U.S. visit since becoming Pope in March 2013.
Francis accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia September 22-27, 2015, the news service said.
Francis is considering invitations to visit other U.S. locations — including New York, the United Nations and Washington — a Vatican spokesman told the news service.
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