MILAN - Pope Benedict says the next World Meeting of Families will be held in 2015 in Philadelphia.
Benedict announced the venue in Milan during a Sunday Mass celebrating the seventh such gathering of families from around the world.
Speaking to a crowd estimated at one million people, the pope sent his greetings to Philadelphia's Catholics and said he was looking forward to meeting them in 2015.
The announcement of the papal visit comes as jurors in Philadelphia are deliberating in the trial of a former Roman Catholic church official charged with conspiring to hide priest-abuse complaints and endangering children by keeping predators in ministry.
Benedict made a six-day pilgrimage to the U.S. in 2008, which saw him visit Washington and New York, and celebrate his 81st birthday.
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