Philly Hosts Vatican Leader for World Meeting of Families

The Vatican's man in charge of the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, tours Philly in preparation for next year's event. Pope Francis is expected to attend and say mass.

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May 13, 2014: Pa. Governor Tom Corbett, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia from the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Families and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput enjoying some water ice from Rita's near the Basilica Cathedral of Sts. Peter and Paul.
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Archbishop Paglia looking at the city from the top of the Rocky steps at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, where Pope Francis may say mass if attends next year's World Meeting of Families.
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Paglia leads the Vatican's Pontifical Council for Families, which oversees the World Meeting of Families event every 3 years. He is in touring the city in preparation of the event, which will be held from September 22 - 27, 2015. It's the first time the event has been held in the U.S.
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Archbishop Paglia toured the Liberty Bell with delegates from the Philadelphia World Meeting of Families. He said after receiving a tiny bell from Mayor Nutter two months ago in Rome, it was nice to see the real thing. Paglia said he plans to take a replica of the bell back to Pope Francis.
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Pennsylvania First Lady Sue Corbett, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput, Governor Tom Corbett, Chief of Staff Everett Gillison and park ranger who gave the Liberty Bell tour.
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Paglia also visited Independence Hall and said later he had "touched the importance of Philadelphia."
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Inside the Independence Visitor Center, Paglia ran into a group of students from Waldorf College in Forest City, Iowa. He implored, "Sing! Sing!"
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The students sang Ubi Caritas in Latin and when they were finished, Paglia gave a few high fives and a big round of applause.
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The students, and their choir teacher, who is from Downingtown, were thrilled at the impromptu moment.
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Paglia took in the moment, as did the mayor, with a big smile.
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Two younger students, brother and sister Christopher and Isabella Bannion from St. Francis Xavier Catholic school in Philadelphia unveiled the theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families -- Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.
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Noting the theme, Paglia said he felt it was important to have Philadelphia as the backdrop for the next world gathering.
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Archbishop Paglia said he hoped that just as the city held important documents for the country's history, that he would like to "write the importance of the family for the world" here in Philly.
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As "We Are Family" played over loudspeakers to close the event, Paglia and the Philly delegates headed out for a Phlash bus tour.
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This time he found the Waldorf College choir waiting.
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This time, they sang The Prayer for the Archbishop and the crowd which had gathered outside.
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One student said, "I'm not even Catholic and this is awesome."
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Another stepped away from the commotion for a private moment. "I have to call my mom!"
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