The time has come: Pope Francis is set to make his way to the U.S. in 2015.
According to ABC News, this morning the pontiff announced that the pope will be visiting Philadelphia in late September.
“I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families,” Pope Francis said to a crowd at the Vatican. “Thank you for your prayers with which you accompany my service to the Church. Bless you from my heart.”
The World Meeting of Families is organized by the Catholic Church and focuses on strengthening family bonds.
“I am overjoyed by Pope Francis’ announcement that he will join with us for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year," Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said in a statement, according to ABC News.
"A hallmark of his papacy has been a keen focus on the many challenges that families face today globally. His charisma, presence and voice will electrify the gathering."