Pope Francis outlined his priorities for the Catholic Church in Asia during a meeting of about 80 of the region's bishops on Sunday, urging them to engage with people of different cultures empathetically. "In this spirit of openness to others, I earnestly hope that those countries of your continent with whom the Holy See does not yet enjoy a full relationship may not hesitate to further a dialogue for the benefit of all," he said.
PHILADELPHIA (AP) – Roman Catholic leaders in Philadelphia are predicting as many as two million people could turn out to see Pope Francis during his first U.S. visit as pontiff.
The pope plans to attend a World Meeting of Families event in late September and lead an outdoor Mass.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP'-yoo) on Monday says it gave him "great joy" to be at the Vatican this month when Francis confirmed the trip.
The pope also is expected to visit New York and Washington.
The World Meeting of Families is scheduled for Sept. 22 to Sept. 27 in Philadelphia. The event will feature workshops, lectures and an outdoor Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
Hotels in the area are already sold out for miles around.