RELIGION

Historic seminary that hosted 2 popes looks to relocate

  • FILE - This Sept. 27, 2015, file photo shows St. Martin's Chapel at dawn before an address by Pope Francis at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, founded in 1832 and based at its current location for nearly 150 years, announced Tuesday, June 7, 2016, that it wants to affiliate with a local Roman Catholic college or university and move its entire operation into newly constructed buildings on or near that school's campus. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    FILE - This Sept. 27, 2015, file photo shows St. Martin's Chapel at dawn before an address by Pope Francis at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, founded in 1832 and based at its current location for nearly 150 years, announced Tuesday, June 7, 2016, that it wants to affiliate with a local Roman Catholic college or university and move its entire operation into newly constructed buildings on or near that school's campus. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis, center, arrives to address a gathering in Saint Martin's Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, founded in 1832 and based at its current location for nearly 150 years, announced Tuesday, June 7, 2016, that it wants to affiliate with a local Roman Catholic college or university and move its entire operation into newly constructed buildings on or near that school's campus. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis, center, arrives to address a gathering in Saint Martin's Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, founded in 1832 and based at its current location for nearly 150 years, announced Tuesday, June 7, 2016, that it wants to affiliate with a local Roman Catholic college or university and move its entire operation into newly constructed buildings on or near that school's campus. (AP Photo/Mel Evans, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis greets seminarians as he walks the loggia to his address to the Bishops at St. Martin of Tours Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, founded in 1832 and based at its current location for nearly 150 years, announced Tuesday, June 7, 2016, that it wants to affiliate with a local Roman Catholic college or university and move its entire operation into newly constructed buildings on or near that school's campus. {Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pool, File)

    FILE - In this Sept. 27, 2015, file photo, Pope Francis greets seminarians as he walks the loggia to his address to the Bishops at St. Martin of Tours Chapel at St. Charles Borromeo Seminary in Wynnewood, Pa. St. Charles Borromeo Seminary, founded in 1832 and based at its current location for nearly 150 years, announced Tuesday, June 7, 2016, that it wants to affiliate with a local Roman Catholic college or university and move its entire operation into newly constructed buildings on or near that school's campus. {Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer, Pool, File)  (The Associated Press)

A historic seminary near Philadelphia that two popes have visited is looking to relocate.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary announced Tuesday it wants to affiliate with a local Roman Catholic college or university and move its entire operation into newly constructed buildings on or near that school's campus.

The seminary was founded in 1832 and has been at its current location for nearly 150 years.

A spokesman said the move is aimed at strengthening the seminary's programs and developing facilities with up-to-date technology attractive to young people.

Saint Charles had 142 seminarians in the most recent graduating class and will have nearly 170 during the upcoming academic year.

Pope Francis stayed at Saint Charles Borromeo during his Philadelphia trip in September. St. John Paul II visited in 1979.