Pope Francis Expected to Visit NYC and Washington: Francis will be in U.S. to attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September

Pope Francis carries his crosier after celebrating Mass on the feast of the Epiphany in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican on Jan. 6. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)

The Vatican secretary of state said he expects Pope Francis to visit New York City and Washington, D.C., during his September trip to the United States.

Cardinal Pietro Parolin, who as secretary of state is considered the highest Vatican official under the pope, spoke to reporters on Jan. 6, following a ceremony to dedicate a new building at the Pontifical North American College, the U.S. seminary in Rome.

Advertisement

Asked if Pope Francis would visit the United Nations in New York in September, Cardinal Parolin replied: "I think so, I think so, but no official announcement has been done. But everybody is speaking of that."

Asked if the same trip would include a visit to Washington, the cardinal replied: "Of course," then added with a laugh, "but no official confirmation has been given."

In November, Pope Francis confirmed reports that he would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September. So far, that is the only confirmed stop on what is expected to be a more extensive papal visit to North America.

The pope had already acknowledged receiving invitations to Washington from President Barack Obama and the U.S. Congress, and to New York from the secretary-general of the U.N.

"Maybe the three cities together, no?" Pope Francis told reporters in August, adding that he could visit the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico on the same trip -- "but it is not certain."

Cardinal Parolin was also asked about the pope's decision not to create any U.S. cardinals at a consistory Feb. 14, where most of the 15 new cardinal electors will hail from developing countries in the global South, including several that have never been represented in the College of Cardinals.

"The Holy Father wanted to give this broader sense of the universality of the church," and so looked to dioceses that normally do not have a cardinal, he said. "It's nothing against anybody, that is for sure."

Comments are automatically closed two weeks after an article's initial publication. See our comments policy for more.

Advertisement

The latest from america

Native American protestors hold hands with parishioner Nathanial Hall, right, during a group prayer outside the Catholic Diocese of Covington on Jan. 22, 2019, in Covington, Ky. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)
The furor over a chance meeting between Catholic high school students and Native American protesters underscores the need to listen and learn from indigenous voices.
Marlene LangJanuary 23, 2019
The staggering parliamentary defeat for Prime Minister Theresa May, seen here leaving 10 Downing Street on Jan. 23, pushed the country even further from safe dry land. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
After the stunning defeat of Theresa May's exit deal, Scotland is looking anew at independence, and the U.K. government fears economic disaster.
David StewartJanuary 23, 2019
Michael Osborne, a film director, documents the damage from a mud slide next to his home in Los Angeles on Jan. 18, after three days of heavy rain. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes)
The conceit of California-as-disaster-movie is ridiculous. But maybe watching our fires and mudslides helps other states consider both their own fragility and their underlying strength.
Jim McDermottJanuary 23, 2019
A commitment to religious liberty demands that effort be devoted to resolving, rather than exacerbating, any real or apparent tension between religious obligation and civil duty.
The EditorsJanuary 23, 2019