Pope Francis confirms plans to visit New York City
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he’s “excited and delighted” to host Pope Francis during his visit to the United States later this year.
The pope said Monday he plans to speak at the United Nations during his three-city trip to the U.S. in September. He made the disclosure at an in-flight news conference on the way home from the Philippines.
De Blasio called Francis “the leading global voice on issues of social justice and income inequality” and said New York will “welcome him with open arms.”
In November, Cardinal Timothy Dolan said he had “a hunch” Francis would visit the city and said he would try to speed up the massive renovation of St. Patrick’s Cathedral.