Pope says he will visit US in September 2015

Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Nov 16, 2014. The Pope said on Monday, Nov 17, that he will visit the United States in September 2015 to take part in a Catholic Church congress on the fami
Pope Francis waves during his Sunday Angelus prayer in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican on Nov 16, 2014. The Pope said on Monday, Nov 17, that he will visit the United States in September 2015 to take part in a Catholic Church congress on the family. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

VATICAN CITY (AFP) - Pope Francis said on Monday he will visit the United States in September 2015 to take part in a Catholic Church congress on the family.

Speaking at the Vatican, the pontiff said he would travel to Philadelphia for the "World Meeting of Families," a Church-sponsored gathering that takes place once every three years.

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