TOPEKA (KSNT) – The local Catholic community was buzzing at services Sunday with news that the “Pope of the people” may be coming to the United States.
“I think its fantastic,” said Mark Hovart, Catholic.
Excitement, anticipation. That is what Catholics, like Mark Hovart, in Topeka are feeling about Pope Francis possibly coming to the United States for the first time.
“He’s brought new life into the Catholic faith. And he crosses over into all faiths just because the way he leads the people and they love him,” said Hovart.
Philadelphia Archbishop, Charles Chaput says the Pope accepted his invitation to the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year, saying “Pope Francis has told me that he is coming.” The Vatican has yet to confirm the news, but on Friday, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia says they are still expecting a Papal visit, “Archbishop Chaput has frequently shared his confidence in Pope Francis’ attendance at the World Meeting and his personal conversations with the Holy Father are the foundation for that confidence.”
“I think if anybody can make their way to Philadelphia to see him, it will be a once in a life time deal.”
Hovart says he would like to attend a Papal visit to the US.
“You know you got to take a vacation somewhere, and what better way to take it, I’ve never been to Philadelphia I heard it’s a wonderful place, and I think that’d be great. Especially if we can get a contingency from Topeka to go up there,” said Hovart.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia expect to hear from the Vatican six months before the event for confirmation.
The last visit by a Pope to the US was in 2008 by Pope Benedict the 16th.