Allentown
52° F
Overcast
Overcast

Corbett, Nutter lobby Vatican for Pope visit to Philadelphia in 2015

By 69 News & Associated Press, (follow: @69news), news@wfmz.com
Published On: Mar 25 2014 01:51:22 PM CDT
Mayor Michael Nutter at Vatican

Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, right, presents Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia with a replica of the Liberty Bell during Nutter's visit to the Vatican on March 25, 2015.

VATICAN CITY -

Pennsylvania's governor and Philadelphia's mayor have made their case to the Vatican for Pope Francis to visit the U.S. next year, saying his "message needs to be heard" during a massive church celebration of the family planned for Philadelphia.

Gov. Tom Corbett and Mayor Michael Nutter made their pitch Tuesday to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, whose Pontifical Council for the Family is helping organize the Sept. 22-27, 2015, meeting.

Both leaders presented Paglia with gifts. Nutter's was a small replica of the Liberty Bell.

Popes have attended five of the seven World Meetings of the Family, and Francis has made family issues the top priority of his pontificate, but no confirmation of his participation is expected before next year.

Nutter said the event offers Francis a "unique moment in our common history and a signature opportunity" to speak about family concerns to a huge audience.