Nutter, city and state officials make pitch to host Pope Francis in 2015

Mayor Michael Nutter
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter would like to see the pope come to his city.
Credit: Rikard Larma / Metro

Mayor Michael Nutter made his case today in Rome for Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia next year.

Nutter, who made the trip with Gov. Tom Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput, pitched the Pontifical Council on the idea of bringing the pope to Philadelphia for the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

While popes have attended five of the last seven World Meetings of Families, there is no guarantee that Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia. The decision isn’t expected until next year.

In February 2013 the Vatican confirmed that the City of Brotherly Love would host the 2015 event, which will be the first time it is held in the United States.

The event, which will scheduled for Sept. 22-27, is a collection of workshops and conferences for Catholics to discuss contemporary family life and ways to strengthen it.

The first meeting was held in 1994, established by Pope John Paul II, and is held every three years.

According to a news release, Nutter said Pope Francis has been outspoken “on issues of human rights, civil rights, social justice, discrimination, poverty and the poor.”

“Pope Francis’ message needs to be heard loudly all across America,” he said.

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