Papal trip to the U.S., Mexico not confirmed

2014-07-28 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The director of the Holy See Press Office, Fr. Federico Lombardi, issued a statement on Friday, saying the Pope has not confirmed his participation at the World Meeting for Families in Philadelphia in 2015. He made the clarification after Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia had declared earlier that the Pope would attend.

However, Fr. Lombardi said that while Pope Francis “has shown his willingness to participate…he has yet to launch any concrete plan or program regarding a trip to the U.S. or Mexico”.

In related news, organizers for the World Meeting for Families announced on Friday the two patron saints of next year's event; they are John Paul II and Gianna Beretta Molla. 

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(From archive of Vatican Radio)