Pope Francis stated flatly Monday that he expected to visit Philadelphia in September 2015. Francis told a news conference that he was considering a three-city U.S. tour next year that would include at trip to New York City to address the United Nations, to Washington to address Congress, and to the international World Meeting of Families gathering in Philadelphia. The five-day World Meeting of Families is scheduled to begin September 22, 2015. If the pope says Mass at its close, as is traditional, city officials predict his presence would draw well in excess of one million visitors. Francis has not visited the United States since his election to the pontificate in March 2013. Ken Gavin, spokesman for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, which is hosting the World Meeting in conjunction with the Holy See, cautioned Monday that Francis’ latest remarks still do not serve as the Vatican’s official confirmation of his intent to attend the World Meeting, but on route to South Korea last week, Francis, who is from Argentina, replied ” sí” when a TV reporter asked if he expected to visit Philadelphia next year. For more information posted about the Vatican’s decision on this visit to Philadelphia, click here!