World Families Conference
Archbishop Charles Chaput is traveling with Gov. Corbett and Mayor Nutter for what he calls a factfinding mission and a bid to make a personal pitch to the pope.
Sources tell KYW Newsradio, it’s also possible the contingent could meet privately with the pope.
Pope Benedict XVI made a commitment to be here in September 2015 for a World Families Conference.
Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput acknowledges it cost officials in the Italian city of Milan more than $10 million to host the most recent Vatican Families Conference in June 2012.
It’s an event that is projected to draw tens of thousands of Catholics from around the world for the six-day event.
Pope Benedict XVI is planning to come to Philadelphia in 2015 for a world families conference.