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Archdiocese: No confirmation of Philly papal visit

July 25, 2014

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia Archdiocese says there is still no confirmation that Pope Francis will attend a major gathering of the world’s Roman Catholics next year in the city, despite a report that the archbishop had said Francis would come.

The Catholic News Service reports that Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput said Thursday that “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming” to the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

But the archdiocese cautioned Friday that Chaput’s comments weren’t official confirmation. A Vatican spokesman also tells The AP that although Francis has said “he is willing” to attend, there’s “no operating plan or preparations underway” for a visit.

Francis has yet to visit the U.S. as pope. The question of whether he will attend the Philadelphia gathering has drawn intense speculation.

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