Pope Francis to make first visit to United States

PHILADELPHIA - Pope Francis will make his first trip to the United States as Pontiff next year.

According to the Catholic News Service, he has accepted an invitation to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

The event will be held September 22 to 27 in 2015.

The Catholic News Service also reports Pope Francis has received invitations to visit other cities including New York and Washington.

A Vatican spokesman says the Pontiff is considering those invitations.

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