PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Catholic officials say Pope Francis has issued a personal invitation by video for people to come to events during his visit to Philadelphia next weekend.


Pope Francis speaks to journalists on his flight from Rome to Havana (Tony Gentile/POOL photo via AP)

The World Meeting of Families says the papal invitation delivered in English says "I look forward to greeting the pilgrims and the people of Philadelphia when I come for the World Meeting of Families."

The pope then says "I will be there because you will be there! See you in Philadelphia!"

Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia Sept. 26. Hundreds of thousands of people are expected to fill the Benjamin Franklin Parkway for his Sept. 27 Mass.

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