Philadelphia gets ready to host Pope Francis following official papal announcement

November 17, 2014 8:27 PM

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PHILADELPHIA — “The pope is coming to Philadelphia,” Mayor Michael Nutter announced at a news conference Monday (Nov. 17), after the Vatican officially confirmed what has been rumored for months — that Pope Francis will visit the city in September 2015 for the eighth World Meeting of Families.

Nutter said the visit here was part of what is anticipated to be a three-city trip to the U.S. The pope is expected to visit New York City and Washington, D.C. He has been invited to address both the U.N. and the U.S. Congress, though official acceptance of those invitations has not yet been made, s...

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