Philadelphia Archbishop Chaput Talks World Meeting of Families During Visit to Rome


Philadelphia’s Archbishop Charles Chaput participated in a press conference in Rome Tuesday to discuss the World Meeting of Families, which is slotted to take place in Philadelphia next year.

At the event, Chaput formally presented the official catechesis, image and prayer for the meeting with the theme of "Love is our mission: the family fully alive."

"With the World Meeting of Families just one year away, I believe that the preparatory catechesis, prayer and iconic image can begin to help focus all of us on the family in deep and meaningful ways," said Caput.


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"I am greatly pleased to share these important preparatory materials for the World Meeting of Families with the Pontifical Council for the Family and the world," said Chaput. "We have worked diligently to create spiritually resonant, relevant and accessible content for everyone who will join us in Philadelphia next year. It is my deepest hope that not only Catholics, but all people of good will might connect to our theme through reading, discussion, prayer, and reflection based on these preparatory materials."

All indications are that Pope Francis plans to attend although his official travel plans are under wraps. The World Meeting of Families will take place next year from Sept. 23 to 27 in Philadelphia.

The World Meeting of Families is a celebration of families, love and life. The event is held every three years and is the largest Catholic gathering of families.

The official website already lists information about the Philadelphia event, including where to stay and what to expect. 

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