Pope again tells someone he'll visit Philadelphia

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In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis welcomes Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. U.S. officials have made their case to the Vatican for Pope Francis to visit the U.S. next year, saying his "message needs to be heard" during a massive church celebration of the family planned for Philadelphia. Popes have attended five of the seven World Meetings of the Family, and Francis has made family issues the top priority of his pontificate. But no confirmation of his participation is expected before next year. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
In this picture made available by the Vatican newspaper L'Osservatore Romano, Pope Francis shakes hands with Mayor of Philadelphia Michael Nutter, at the Vatican, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. U.S. officials have made their case to the Vatican for Pope Francis to visit the U.S. next year, saying his "message needs to be heard" during a massive church celebration of the family planned for Philadelphia. Popes have attended five of the seven World Meetings of the Family, and Francis has made family issues the top priority of his pontificate. But no confirmation of his participation is expected before next year. (AP Photo/L'Osservatore Romano)
Philadelphia archbishop Charles Joseph Chaput, left, flanked by archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, talks to journalists during a press conference, at the Vatican, Tuesday, March 25, 2014. U.S. officials have made their case to the Vatican for Pope Francis to visit the U.S. next year, saying his "message needs to be heard" during a massive church celebration of the family planned for Philadelphia in September, 2015. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
Pope Francis waves upon his arrival at Seoul Air Base as South Korean President Park Geun-hye, left, smiles in Seongnam, South Korea. Pope Francis called Thursday for renewed efforts to forge peace on the war-divided Korean Peninsula and for both sides to avoid "fruitless" criticisms and shows of force, opening a five-day visit to South Korea with a message of reconciliation as Seoul's rival, North Korea, fired five projectiles into the sea. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)
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PHILADELPHIA (AP) -- The pope has again told someone he would be visiting Philadelphia, but the archdiocese says he has yet to confirm his plans.

NBC reporter Anne Thompson said on the "Today" show Thursday that Pope Francis replied yes when she asked him Thursday if he would come to Philadelphia. She says he then mentioned the World Meeting of Families, an annual event that is being held in Philadelphia in September 2015.

Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput (SHAP'-yoo) said last month that the pope told him that he was coming.

But Archdiocese of Philadelphia spokesman Kenneth A. Gavin says that official confirmation won't come until about six months before the event.

Popes have attended five of the past seven such conferences. Pope Benedict had announced his intention to come when Philadelphia was announced as the host city.

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Pope Francis gets in a car as South Korean President Park Geun-hye, center, smiles upon his arrival at Seoul Air Base in Seongnam, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. Pope Francis arrived for a five-day visit to South Korea to participate in a Catholic youth festival and to preside over a beatification ceremony for 124 Korean martyrs. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon. Pool)
Pope Francis leaves by car after meeting Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino, during a private visit in the Evangelical church of Reconciliation in Caserta, Southern Italy, Monday, July 28, 2014. Pope Francis met Traettino when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, during a meeting of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics in the Spirit. (AP Photo/Francesco Pecoraro)
Pope Francis leaves his car as he arrives to meet Evangelical Christian pastor Giovanni Traettino during a private visit in the Evangelical church of Reconciliation in Caserta, Southern Italy, Monday, July 28, 2014. Pope Francis met Traettino when he was Archbishop of Buenos Aires, during a meeting of the Renewed Communion of Evangelicals and Catholics in the Spirit. (AP Photo/Francesco Pecoraro)
SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA - AUGUST 14: (SOUTH KOREA OUT) In this handout image provided by the Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea, motorcades with Pope Francis onboard are seen after arriving on August 14, 2014 in Seoul, South Korea. Pope Francis is visiting South Korea from August 14 to August 18. This trip is the third trip abroad for the pope following Brazil and the Middle East. This is the third pontifical visit to South Korea. (Photo by Committee for the 2014 Papal Visit to Korea via Getty Images)
Pope Francis waves from a car after his arrival in Seoul, South Korea, Thursday, Aug. 14, 2014. As Francis became the first pope in 25 years to visit South Korea on Thursday, Seoul's never-timid rival, North Korea, made its presence felt by firing three short-range projectiles less than an hour before he arrived, officials said. (AP Photo/Yonhap, Lim Hun-jung)
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