Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and top Philadelphia officials expecting to meet privately with Pope Francis in Rome to promote a huge Roman Catholic gathering in the city next year have gotten some disappointing news.
The Philadelphia Inquirersaid the delegation’s meeting scheduled for Wednesday at the pope’s residence has been canceled.
A spokeswoman for the delegation said instead, the group will be presented to the pope during Wednesday’s public audience in St. Peter’s Square and may have “a few words” with him. She did not explain the change in plans.
The group includes Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter and Archbishop Charles Chaput of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.
They left for Rome on Sunday to work with Vatican officials on the eighth World Meeting of Families slated for September 2015.