Pope Francis gestures as he arrives to lead his weekly general audience in Saint Peter's Square at the Vatican November 12, 2014.
Tony Gentile—Reuters
November 14, 2014 1:51 AM EST

Pope Francis could be planning a visit to New York in time for the United Nations’ 70th anniversary in 2015, the Vatican’s U.N. envoy has hinted.

The Holy See has already said he would like to attend a family rally in Philadelphia next year and his permanent observer to the U.N., Archbishop Bernardito Auza, told the Associated Press, “if he comes to Philadelphia, he will come to New York.”

A papal visit in 2015 would also coincide with an upcoming exhibition at the U.N. headquarters in New York City that will feature century-old manuscripts relating to the Pope’s namesake, St. Francis of Assisi.

Auza said people had been hoping the exhibition would serve as a kind of announcement that the Pope intended to visit the States.


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