Pope May Visit Philadelphia, NYC Next Year He might attend families forum, address UN By John Johnson, Newser Staff Posted Jan 24, 2014 12:47 PM CST 11 comments Comments Pope Francis at the Vatican. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino) (Newser) – It looks like Pope Francis is coming to the US next year. The National Catholic Reporter quotes Vatican sources as saying Francis hopes to attend the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which runs from Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. But don't expect confirmation until the event draws near, part of Vatican security protocol ahead of any trip by the pontiff. "We hope, but we don't know," says an official in the city's archdiocese. The UN General Assembly meets in September, and the Reporter suggests that Francis would head to New York City as well to address the world body.