“Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom”: Hymn for the World Meeting of Families

Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul

On Sunday, November 30, worshippers at a Mass at Philadelphia's Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul heard for the first time the hymn that will be played at Pope Francis' Mass during next year's World Meeting of Families."Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom" was co-written by Norbertine Father Andrew Ciferni and Normand Gouin and was selected from 20 entries which were submitted by invitation only.  The hymn opens with an allusion to Philadelphia's Liberty Bell, and traces the life of Je … [Read more...]

CONFIRMED: Pope Francis Is Coming to Philly!

Logo - World Meeting of Families

The Pope is coming to America! We knew there was a good chance that Pope Francis would attend the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, which had been established by his predecessor; but we had no assurance until now. On Monday, November 17, Pope Francis made the announcement at the Colloquium on Complementarity of Man and Woman.  He said:"I wish to confirm according to the wishes of the Lord, that in September 2015, I will go to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families. … [Read more...]

Neilson Carlin: Creator of the Icon for the World Meeting of Families

Icon of the Holy Family - uncovered

"The scales began to fall."  Neilson Carlin is talking about his conversion to the Catholic faith, which was facilitated through the patient guidance of a priest and deacon who answered his many questions during an RCIA (Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults) program in 2000.  Carlin had not expected to become Catholic, but only wanted to know more about the faith which was so important to his fiancee and her mother.Carlin is a Philadelphia artist who now specializes in sacred art.  He was s … [Read more...]


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