Addressing a conference sponsored by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith, Pope Francis said on November 17 that “I wish to confirm that, God willing, in September of 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families.”

“As I’ve said many times before, I believe that the presence of the Holy Father will bring all of us – Catholic and non-Catholic alike – together in tremendously powerful, unifying and healing ways,” said Archbishop Charles Chaput. “We look forward to Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia next September and we will welcome him joyfully with open arms and prayerful hearts.:

According to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, the Pope will arrive on Friday, September 25, and meet with civic leaders. On Saturday, the Pope will attend a Festival of Families, and on Sunday, he will celebrate an outdoor Mass that an estimated 1 million people are expected to attend.