Mayor to Pope: Please come to Boston

Pope Francis waves to reporters as he arrives with Brazilian Cardinal Raymundo Damasceno Assis as they arrive for an extraordinary consistory in the Synod hall at the Vatican City, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014. Cardinals from around the globe have begun discussing some of the most contentious issues in the church amid findings from Vatican-mandated surveys that most Catholics reject church teaching on contraception, divorce and homosexuality. Pope Francis opened the two-day meeting Thursday by urging his cardinals to find "intelligent, courageous" ways to help families under threat today without delving into case-by-case options to get around Catholic doctrine. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

BOSTON (AP) — Boston Mayor Martin Walsh wants Pope Francis to visit the city.

Walsh has asked the Roman Catholic Cardinal of Boston, Sean O’Malley, to hand deliver an invitation to the pontiff asking him to visit Boston during a possible visit to the U.S. next year.

O’Malley headed to the Vatican this week.

According to The Boston Globe, Walsh’s letter emphasizes the importance of the church in his own life as well as the importance of faith in the history of the city. He points out that the Boston Archdiocese is one of the largest in the U.S.

The last and only time a pope visited Boston was 1979, when Pope John Paul II held a Mass for thousands on Boston Common during a downpour. Walsh was a sixth-grader at the time.

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