Papal silversmith hints at Pope Francis’ plan for NYC visit

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NEW YORK — Argentinian silversmith Adrian Pallarols loves what he does: crafting various silver pieces at his local shop in South America.

He is a seventh-generation silversmith who just happens to know Pope Francis personally – even crafting a silver chalice that the pope uses daily.

The 43-year old is in New York this week for a very special reason: to drum up support for a new chalice he would like to craft that Pope Francis can use when he visits the United States in September.

“I would like to build a new chalice for this historical visit that is going to happen in September,” Pallarols said.

But this is no ordinary chalice. Pallarols said it will be made entirely from small pieces of silver donated by the public. His plan is to collect the silver, melt it down and craft it into a chalice that will picture an image of the United States in the center.

“ It doesn’t have to be expensive,” he said. “Just something from you, whatever you choose.”

The details on how you can donate silver is still being worked out and as soon as we know, we’ll pass the information on to you.

Pallarols is no stranger to chalice making. His previous papal chalice caught the attention of New York's Cardinal Timothy Dolan, who allowed it to be displayed in Saint Patrick’s Cathedral.

The pope’s itinerary for September has remained pretty quiet. Right now, we know the pope will visit Philadelphia, the White House and speak at the United Nations.

However, Pallarols said the Pope plans to say a Mass right here in New York City. He told PIX11 News exclusively that Pope Francis will deliver a mass at Madison Square Garden.

The Vatican and the Archdiocese of New York have not confirmed those details at this time.