Pope Francis confirms he will visit the United States next year

November 18, 2014 9:50 AM

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VATICAN CITY — Pope Francis confirmed Monday he will make his first papal visit to the United States in September to attend an international meeting in Philadelphia on the theme of family, as part of a US journey that is also expected to include stops in New York and Washington.

Francis has already traveled to the Middle East, Albania, South Korea, Brazil, and elsewhere in his 20-month papacy, and his visit to the United States will come at a pivotal moment for the Roman Catholic Church.

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