Pope Francis has announced he'll visit Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families.

 

The announcements came during comments he made in Rome today.

A delegation from Philadelphia was on hand when the Pope said he would be attending next year's event, which runs from September 22-27.

Detailed plans for the Pope's visit haven't been finalized yet, but the Archdiocese of Philadelphia expects Francis to participate in the closing events during the last few days of the gathering.

Archbishop Charles Chaput, who was in Rome for the Pope's announcements, says he is "overjoyed" by the news.

It will mark the fourth time in history a sitting Pope has visited the United States, but it won't be the first time one has come to
Philadelphia.

Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre of the Philadelphia Archdiocese remembers remembers Pope John Paul the Second's visit in 1979.

"I have strong memories, or clear memories, of the visit of now-Saint John Paul II to Philadelphia. I was a sophomore at Father Judge High School. I remember coming down with my parents to Logan Circle and seeing the altar the night before the mass. And I remember the excitement of the visit of the Pope at that time."