Pope heads to Philadelphia to promote religious freedom

September 26, 2015 10:01 AM

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NEW YORK Pope Francis, a day after addressing the United Nations in New York, travels on Saturday to Philadelphia, the birthplace of American independence, to promote the issue of religious freedom on the penultimate day of his first visit to the United States.

The 78-year-old Argentine pontiff, due to fly from New York and arrive in Philadelphia around 9:30 a.m. EDT, is set to go to the site of Independence Hall, the 18th century red-brick building where the nation's two bedrock documents, the Declaration of Independence and Constitution, were adopted.

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