“Love Is Our Mission”: Theme Is Announced for World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Abp Chaput speaking

Archbishop Charles Chaput was a gracious tour guide on Tuesday, showing off his adopted city of Philadelphia to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family. Archbishop Paglia and a team of Vatican officials were in town to begin preparations for the week-long World Meeting of Families, planned for September 2015 in Philadelphia. Tuesday's guided tour included a stop for the delegation at the Liberty Bell and at Independence Hall, accompanied by … [Read more...]

World Meeting of Families Is Announced in Rome–and Philly Delegation Was There

Archbishop Paglia rings a "Liberty Bell" which was presented by Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter

A month ago, I told you that the World Meeting for Families would bring people from around the world to Philadelphia in September 2015. And two weeks ago, I told you that the Holy Father had been invited to address a joint session of Congress during his expected U.S. trip. I added that Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput would lead a delegation to Rome from Philadelphia, including Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter.  The group will meet personally … [Read more...]

Are You Going to Philly? All Your Friends Will Be There!

World Meeting of Families

On September 22-27, 2015, Philadelphia will welcome the 8th World Meeting of Families, which is expected to draw a global audience. The event was announced during the papacy of Pope Benedict XVI, but it's anticipated that Pope Francis will attend.  This, the Pope's first visit to the United States, will be a momentous event indeed! In June 2012, the 7th World Meeting, held in Milan, Italy, drew hundreds of thousands to the city with more than one million attending the Holy Father’s Mass. … [Read more...]


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