Pope Francis says he may travel to the United States next September for a trip that could include stops in New York, Philadelphia and Washington D.C.  A trip to Washington could include a speech to Congress.

“I was invited by the President of the United States, by the American parliament and the secretary-general of the United Nations,” Pope Francis said during a flight from Rome to South Korea. “So maybe the three cities together.”

Mayor Bill de Blasio invited Pope Francis to visit New York City during his trip to Italy last month.

"His message of tackling income inequality and his commitment to social justice resonate deeply with our City," de Blasio said in a statement, according to the Daily News. "The Pope embodies values like fairness, compassion and tolerance that New Yorkers cherish, and we would be honored to receive him."

It would be the first visit by a pope to New York since 2008, although the plans haven’t been finalized.


Source:  Daily News

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