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Walsh asks Pope Francis to visit Boston

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BOSTON (WHDH) - Mayor Walsh has asked Cardinal Sean O'Malley to hand deliver a letter he wrote to Pope Francis this week, according to the Boston Globe.

The pope has tentatively planned a trip to the U.S. in 2015, but the details haven't been worked out yet.

Cardinal O'Malley has expressed doubt before about the possibility of the pope visiting Boston but Walsh said trying is worth a shot.

He wrote in his letter about the importance of the church community, both personally and for the city.

"When I heard he was coming over to the United States, it would be something nice to have. As mayor of the city of Boston I would love to host the pope in our city," Walsh said.

Walsh also sent out a copy of the letter via snail mail.

Pope John Paul II made a visit to Boston, back in 1979. A park in Dorchester is named after him. Walsh said in his letter he'd like Pope Francis to consider blessing the park if he visits.

Nearly two million people came to see Pope John Paul the second more than 30 years ago.

The National Catholic Reporter said Vatican sources are hinting Pope Francis will visit the U.S. in September 2015, and might possibly visit Philadelphia and New York City.

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