Recently Mayor Nutter, PA Governor Tom Corbett and Archbishop Charles Chaput were among those who flew to Rome to meet with the Pontiff and Vatican officials. They wanted to offer gifts and invite him to the World Meeting of Families scheduled for September 2015 in the City of Brotherly Love.
This will be a huge event for the city. If Pope Francis who is extremely popular does agree to visit than the attendance is sure to skyrocket. The added visitors will generate huge tourism revenue for the city.
The World Meeting of Families was started by Blessed John Paul II in 1994. The idea is to strengthen the bonds of family all over the world. The belief is that family is the basis for a strong society and how to support those efforts. The last event was held in Milan, Italy and drew hundreds of thousands to the city and over one million to hear the Holy Father’s Mass.
During the visit Mayor Nutter came with gifts. Nutter tweeted "An honor to give Pope Francis a Liberty Bell, SJP/Phillies/Eagles/Sixers/Flyers/Union jerseys, PHL pins and VisitPhila gift book from Phila!"
Along with that he brought the pope a jersey from St. Joseph’s Prep with the back reading “Pope Francis” and the number “1”.
Gov. Corbett and his wife also came with gifts. He brought a series of tiles representing the 4 books of the Gospels from Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The tiles were from the Moravian Tile Works in Doylestown, Pennsylvania.
The pope hasn't officially agreed to attend but local officials are hoping their visit will convince him that his visit will give this event the attention it deserves.