It’s official: Pope Francis to visit the US

Pope Francis is to make his first trip to the United States as the head of the Catholic Church in September, the Vatican said Tuesday, NZ time.

He will travel to the World Meeting of the Families, said Vatican spokesman the Rev. Federico Lombardi.

The Catholic public event, which celebrates the family as the basic building block of society, will be held in Philadelphia next year.

Conservative Philadelphia Archbishop, Charles Chaput, who has publicly criticised Pope Francis’ Synod on the Family is welcoming the Holy Father’s visit, calling it “the answer to countless prayers”. Continue reading

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