PHILADELPHIA Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, Gov. Corbett, and Mayor Nutter gave a breakfast briefing Tuesday to about 170 business, civic, and cultural leaders about the fund-raising needs for the possible visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia next year.
The trio led a delegation to Rome last month to urge the pope to attend the World Meeting of Families, a triennial event scheduled for Sept. 22 to 27, 2015. Popes usually attend these meetings, which can draw a million people to the host city for the pontiff's outdoor Mass.
The last time a pope visited Philadelphia was in 1979, when John Paul II drew more than a million people to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway to attend Mass. Francis has emerged as a popular figure, and a visit to Philadelphia could generate similar or greater attention.