Pope adds New York and Washington to U.S. trip


Pope Francis told tens of thousands of people gathered in front of the Vatican on Christmas morning, December 25, 2013, where he wants that peace to happen — in Syria, South Sudan, the Central African Republic and the Holy Land.

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(CNN – Jan. 19, 2015) — In addition to Philadelphia, Pope Francis told reporters Monday that he will also visit New York and Washington on his upcoming trip to the United States.

In September, he is scheduled to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

The trip will be the popular pontiff’s first to the United States as Pope.

Speaking on his flight back to Rome from the Philippines, he did not provide a detailed itinerary for the U.S. trip but said he planned to visit the United Nations and go to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington.

“Pope Francis is the leading global voice on issues of social justice and income inequality,” New York Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a statement, “and New Yorkers from all backgrounds will be tremendously humbled and honored to hear his message right here in our city later this year.”

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