Philadelphia selected to host World Meeting of Families


The Ro­man Cath­ol­ic Church will be bring­ing its World Meet­ing of Fam­il­ies to the United States for the first time, and Phil­adelphia has been se­lec­ted as the host city.

The Eighth World Meet­ing of Fam­il­ies will take place from Sept. 22-27, 2015. Tens of thou­sands of people from around the world are ex­pec­ted to at­tend.

Pope Be­ne­dict XVI, whose resig­na­tion takes ef­fect on Thursday, se­lec­ted Phil­adelphia, in co­ordin­a­tion with the Pon­ti­fic­al Coun­cil for the Fam­ily.

“The World Meet­ing of Fam­il­ies is a gift not just to Cath­ol­ics in Phil­adelphia, but to every per­son of good will in the com­mon­wealth of Pennsylvania, the sur­round­ing re­gion and our na­tion,” said Arch­bish­op Charles J. Chaput.

Pope John Paul II in­tro­duced the World Meet­ing of Fam­il­ies in 1994. It last took place in June 2012 in Mil­an, Italy, which wel­comed people from 153 na­tions. More than one mil­lion people par­ti­cip­ated in a Mass cel­eb­rated by Pope Be­ne­dict XVI.

Pre­vi­ous meet­ings took place in Rome (twice); Rio de Janeiro; Ma­nila; Valen­cia, Spain; and Mex­ico City.

The theme of the 2015 meet­ing will be de­cided fol­low­ing the elec­tion of a new pontiff.

Chaput has asked Gov. Tom Corbett and May­or Mi­chael Nut­ter to serve as hon­or­ary co-chair­men of the meet­ing.

“Phil­adelphia is the birth­place of re­li­gious free­dom, and our churches, syn­agogues, mosques and temples are places of both per­son­al faith and civic free­dom,” Corbett said. “But it is our fam­il­ies that grow up in these in­sti­tu­tions that are the found­a­tion of that free­dom.”

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