Pope Benedict signals trip to United States in 2015
Pope Benedict XVI last visited the United States in 2008.
June 4th, 2012
02:43 PM ET

Pope Benedict signals trip to United States in 2015

By Dan Gilgoff, CNN.com Religion Editor

(CNN) - Pope Benedict XVI signaled on Sunday that he planned to visit the United States in 2015, announcing a major Roman Catholic Church meeting in Philadelphia, which is now hosting a high-profile church sex abuse trial.

Benedict, whose sole trip to the U.S. as pope came in 2008, announced that Philadelphia would be the site of 2015’s Catholic World Meeting of Families.

"I send my warm greetings to (Philadelphia) Archbishop Charles Chaput," the pope said, "and to the Catholics of that great city, and look forward to meeting them there along with numerous families from all around the world.”

But the church seemed to stop short of guaranteeing the 85-year-old’s pope attendance at the Philadelphia meeting.

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The Archdiocese of Philadelphia, for instance, did not mention the pope’s attendance in its announcement of the World Meeting of Families, saying instead that it is “customarily attended by the Holy Father.”

On Friday, a Philadelphia jury began deliberating in the landmark trial of Monsignor William Lynn, the highest-ranking cleric to be charged with endangering children by allegedly helping cover up sexual abuse, a case that has made national headlines.

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The church's World Meeting of Families happens every three years. The Archdiocese of Philadelphia says the meetings are intended to “strengthen and defend the sacred bonds of marriage and family across the globe.”

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  1. Jesus Mary

    America could use a visit from the Pope. The sooner we return to our roots of being a Chirsitan nation, the better.

    June 6, 2012 at 2:31 am |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      The USA was never a christian nation. Fuck off!

      June 6, 2012 at 2:39 am |
  2. No Truth, Just Claims

    Return of the Sith.....

    June 6, 2012 at 12:28 am |
  3. American nuns

    Do your own damn laundry, hang up your own clothes, clean your own room and make your own bed. Have a nice stay and don't let the door hit you on the way out.

    June 6, 2012 at 12:06 am |
  4. Kenton

    Thanks for the warning. Well make sure it looks like no one is at home.

    June 5, 2012 at 10:40 pm |
  5. Dr. Rick Stoppe

    Before he became Pope, he was the architect of the cover-up policy for the Church. Perhaps the hottest fires of hell are reserved for protectors of pedophiles and deniers of condoms for AIDS victims. This is Pope Malediction not Benediction.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:27 pm |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Don't forget, he was also officially the head of the Inquisition (no matter what they call it now).

      June 6, 2012 at 10:33 am |
  6. Kebos

    Coming to the USA? So what.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:56 pm |
  7. Cyric

    Don't bother hater. Spew your hate in Italy.

    June 5, 2012 at 6:52 pm |
  8. Kindness

    For you.
    A thought to consider without a typical ego response

    Accept Jesus christ as your lord and saviour. You never know how soon is too late. Transcend the worldly illusion of enslavement.
    The world denounces truth....

    Accepting Jesus Christ (for me) resulted in something like seeng a new colour. You will see it .....but will not be able to clearly explain it to anyone else..... Its meant to be that way to transend any selfism within you.

    Also... much the world arranges "surrounding dark matter into something to be debated" in such a way that protects/inflates the ego.

    The key is be present and transcend our own desire to physically see evidence. We don't know anyways by defending our own perception of dark matter.

    Currently.... most of us are constructing our own path that suits our sin lifestyle. Were all sinners. Knowing that we are is often an issue. But both christians and non are sinners.

    We don't like to Let go and let god. We want control to some degree. This is what Jesus asks us to do. "Let go and let god".
    It's the hardest thing to do... but is done by letting the truth of scripture lead you (redemptive revelation)... as I said .

    Try reading corinthians and see if it makes sense to you. Try it without a pre conceived notion of it being a fairy tale.
    See the truth...
    do we do what it says in todays society... is it relevant... so many have not recently read and only hinge their philosophy on what they have heard from som other person...which may have been full of arogance pride or vanity..

    Look closely at the economy ponzi, look at how society idolizes Lust , greed , envy, sloth, pride of life, desire for knowledge, desire for power, desire for revencge,gluttony with food etc .

    Trancsend the temporal world.

    Just think if you can find any truth you can take with you ....in any of these things. When you die your riches go to someone who will spend away your life..... You will be forgotten.... history will repeat iteslf.... the greatest minds knowledge fade or are eventually plagerzed..... your good deeds will be forgotten and only give you a fleeting temporary reward . your learned teachings are forgotten or mutated..... your gold is transfered back to the rullers that rule you through deception. Your grave will grow over . This is truth .

    Trancsend your egoism and free yourself from this dominion of satan. Understand you are a sinner and part of the collective problem of this worldly matrix... Repent.... Repent means knowing

    Evidence follows faith. Faith does not follow evidence..... Faith above reason in Jesus Christ.

    Faith comes by Reading or Hearing the word of god from the bible . Ask Jesus in faith for dicernment and start reading the new testament... You will be shocked when you lay down your preconceived notions and ....see and hear truth ... see how christ sets an example ... feel the truth....

    Read Ecclesiastes. Read corinthians.

    You cant trancend your own egoism by adapting a world philosophy to suit your needs. Seek the truth in Christ.

    Sell all your cleverness and purchase true bewilderment. You don't get what you want ....you get what you are in christ.

    I promise this has been the truth for me. In Jesus christ .

    Think of what you really have to lose. ...your ego?

    Break the Matrix of illusion that holds your senses captive.

    once you do . you too will have the wisdom of God that comes only through the Holy Spirit. Saved By grace through Faith. Just like seeing a new colour.... can't explain it to a transient caught in the matrix of worldly deception.
    You will also see how the world suppresses this information and distorts it

    You're all smart people . I tell the truth. Its hard to think out of the box when earthly thinking is the box.
    I'ts a personal free experience you can do it free anytime . Don't wait till you are about to die.. START PUTTING YOUR TREASURES WHERE THEY REALLY MATTER >
    Its awsome .

    June 5, 2012 at 6:36 pm |
    • Get it right

      Arrest the pope when he touches US soil for crimes against children. Hold him under military court, he's terrorist to children. He's a disgusting excuse for a human.

      June 5, 2012 at 7:05 pm |
    • Kebos

      I was going to say you've been drinking too much of that kool-aid Christianity is dealing out, but no, you've drank the bottle completely dry.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:12 pm |
    • Joe from CT, not Lieberman

      Can't touch him legally. He is officially the "Head of State" of the Vatican City. So unless he is declared "Persona non Gratia" by Congress he can come here like any other Head of State. Even the ones who do not "officially" come here can still do so when going to the UN (like Castro, Assad, Amadinejad etc.).

      June 6, 2012 at 10:36 am |
  9. Rodney

    Sounds like a payoff.

    June 5, 2012 at 6:21 pm |
  10. hillbilleter

    Why is he coming here? Does he think he's welcome? He's a scary booger, and he creeps me out.

    June 5, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  11. Reality

    Will there be a RCC in 2015?


    Recognizing the flaws, follies and frauds in the foundations of Islam, Judaism and Christianity, the "bowers", kneelers" and "pew peasants" are converging these religions into some simple rules of life. No pope, koran, bible, clerics, nuns, monks, imams, evangelicals, ayatollahs, rabbis, professors of religion or priests needed or desired.

    Ditto for houses of "worthless worship" aka mosques, churches, basilicas, cathedrals, temples and synagogues.

    June 5, 2012 at 5:24 pm |
  12. gupsphoo

    Don't worry, the pedophile enabler will be dead by 2015.

    June 5, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  13. Lucifer's Evil Twin

    BTW, when did Emperor Palpatine start wearing white?

    June 5, 2012 at 3:26 pm |
  14. Foggyworld

    To the fellows in the Vatican: this is hardly the response parents and abused children want to discuss as equal members of the Church with the clergy they have paid for years.

    June 5, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  15. gerald

    Lot's of hate here I see. God bless Benedict. He is a great man!

    June 5, 2012 at 1:21 pm |
    • derp

      He is a great man alright, great at protecting pedo phile priests.

      June 5, 2012 at 2:37 pm |
    • Lucifer's Evil Twin

      He doesn't look all that great... kinda looks like an old pedo...

      June 5, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
    • Kebos

      Great man? You need to raise your bar a bit higher.

      June 5, 2012 at 10:13 pm |
  16. yep

    Arrest him the moment he steps on US soil. Hold a military trial on grounds of terrorism to US children.

    June 5, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
    • JoeP199

      You beat me to it! I was going to say the same thing.

      June 5, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
    • 0G-No gods, ghosts, goblins or ghouls

      The cunt will probably try to sneak into the USA from Canada, most likely from Montreal.

      June 6, 2012 at 1:49 am |
  17. works4me

    Who really gives a mitt?

    June 5, 2012 at 11:55 am |
  18. derp

    That beanie sporting freak actually looks as evil as the entire catholic church rolled up into one menacing grimace.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:22 am |
    • JoeP199

      He gave up any claim to moral superiority or "papal infallibility" the instant he allowed clerical pedophilia to be covered up.

      June 5, 2012 at 12:38 pm |
  19. Honey Badger Dont Care

    Wow, that guy looks as evil as he is.

    June 5, 2012 at 9:06 am |
    • JoeP199

      I honestly believe that he'd restart the inquisition if he could.

      June 5, 2012 at 12:39 pm |
  20. Rational Libertarian

    Hopefully Pope Protect-O-Pedo will be dead (or better yet, incarcerated) by 2015.

    June 5, 2012 at 8:42 am |
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