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Report: Pope Francis To Visit Pennsylvania

PITTSBURGH (KDKA) - Pope Francis will visit the United States next year, his first U.S visit since becoming Pope in 2013.

The Catholic News Service first reported the Pope's visit.

Francis accepted the invitation of Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27, 2015, the news service said.

Francis is considering invitations to visit other U.S. locations -- including New York, the United Nations and Washington -- a Vatican spokesman told the news service.

However, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says there's no official confirmation that Pope Francis will visit the City of Brotherly Love. Officials with the archdiocese say an official confirmation will more like happen about six months before his expected visit.

"While Archbishop Chaput's comments do not serve as official confirmation, they do serve to bolster our sincere hope that Philadelphia will welcome Pope Francis next September," the archdiocese said in a statement.

No word if he plans to visit Pittsburgh as part of his tour.

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