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Pope Francis Hints at Possible NYC Visit in 2015

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Pope Francis is considering a trip to New York.

The Pope on Monday confirmed he would like to visit the United States sometime next September.

While on a flight back to Rome from South Korea he said he was invited by the UN Secretary General to visit New York.

Mayor Bill de Blasio also extended an invite during his Italian vacation last month.

The visit next year could include a stop in Philadelphia to attend a rally in support of families.

The Pope says President Barack Obama has extended an invitation to visit the nation's capital and that visit could include Francis addressing Congress.

New York Archdiocese spokesman Joseph Zwilling says the Pontiff has been "showered" with invitations from all over the world but nothing has been decided.

He says everyone is praying for a papal visit to the city, but they have yet to hear from Rome.

Many of those we spoke with outside of St. Patrick's Cathedral were excited by the prospect, but others are worried about a potential traffic headache.

"I think that a visit that he would have would be warmly welcomed by people of all religious faith—even of no religious faith—and that it would be a tremendous blessing for the entire city of New York," said Joseph Zwilling, Director of Communication at the Archdiocese of New York.

"I think it's really exciting. He's a really influencial figure," one person said.

"We are going to have a lot of traffic problems. You're going to be, you know, blocking off blocks for security and it will obviously cost the city a lot of money for policing and security, so you'll have people angry about that," another person said.

This would be the first visit from a Pope since Benedict made the trip in 2008.

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