The Archdiocese of Philadelphia was forced to respond again Thursday to a reported off-the-cuff remark indicating that Pope Francis will come to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September 2015.
This time, the speaker was the pope himself, answering a question about whether he would attend the international gathering.
"In Italian, I asked him if he would come to Philadelphia," NBC reporter Anne Thompson said of the question she asked the pontiff on the papal plane to South Korea. "He said 'yes,' and he mentioned World Family Day."
The archdiocese said there is still no official confirmation from the Vatican that the pope will make the trip to Philadelphia.