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Governor Corbett and other leaders to travel to the Vatican

Written by The Associated Press | Mar 7, 2014 11:37 AM
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(Philadelphia) --Philadelphia is hoping Pope Francis will attend a huge Roman Catholic gathering planned for the city next year. 

Archbishop Charles Chaput, Governor Corbett, Mayor Michael Nutter and others will visit Rome this month to invite the pope to the eighth World Meeting of Families.

“As members of the Catholic faith, Sue and I are deeply honored to be part of the delegation scheduled to meet with the Holy Father,” Corbett says.  “As we begin the planning for this substantial undertaking, we note the tremendous privilege of hosting this global event.” 

The September 2015 event is expected to attract more than one million people from around the world. 

Corbett says the six-day event will also pump $100 million dollars into the Philadelphia region's economy.         

Chaput says he'll lead a delegation traveling to the Vatican from March 23th to 27th to plan the event. The group will also meet with the pope. 

The World Meeting of Families was last held in Milan in 2012.

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