- The Washington Times - Friday, July 25, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia on Friday tamped down growing excitement over news that Pope Francis would be visiting the City of Brotherly Love next year.

A statement from the archdiocese said it had not received an official confirmation from the Vatican nor the Holy See regarding the pontiff’s attendance at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

On Thursday the Catholic News Service reported Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said during his homily that “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming.”

While Archbishop Chaput’s words do not mean an official confirmation, the archdiocese said, “we are further heartened and excited by the comments of the Vatican Press Office regarding Pope Francis’ ‘willingness to participate in the World Meeting of Families.’”

The archdiocese said it expected an official answer to come about six months before the event, which is scheduled for next September.

Whether Pope Francis will pick Pat’s or Geno’s for a cheesesteak is anyone’s guess.