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‘No official confirmation’ of papal trip to Philadelphia

July 28, 2014

A day after Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia said that “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming” to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, the director of the Holy See Press Office issued a statement.

Although Pope Francis “has shown his willingness to participate” in the meeting, there is not yet “any concrete plan or program regarding a trip to the United States or Mexico,” Father Federico Lombardi said on July 25, as he noted that the meeting is over a year away.

Following Father Lombardi’s comments, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia issued the following statement:

There has been no official confirmation by the Vatican or The Holy See of Pope Francis' attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. We still expect that any official confirmation will come approximately six months prior to the event.

Archbishop Chaput has frequently shared his confidence in Pope Francis' attendance at the World Meeting and his personal conversations with the Holy Father are the foundation for that confidence. We are further heartened and excited by the comments of the Vatican Press Office regarding Pope Francis' "willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families." 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.


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