A press conference at the Philadelphia Archdiocese’s pastoral center March 7 revealed plans, and much excitement, for the World Meeting of Families to be held Sept. 22-27, 2015 in Philadelphia. While Pope Francis’ visit for the meeting is not confirmed, speakers at the press conference and hopeful guests were planning for the visit just the same. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Watch video from the conference here.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett, a Catholic, said he and other members of the delegation will try to persuade Pope Francis to attend the World Meeting of Families, as past popes have done.
Guests listen to speakers at the press conference March 7 at the Archdiocesan Pastoral Center.
Archbishop Charles Chaput makes a point during a press conference about the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, with Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter (left) and Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett in attendance. The archbishop announced a delegation including the three men would travel to Rome later in March to meet with Vatican officials and Pope Francis to plan the event. (Photos by Sarah Webb)
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, who is a graduate of Jesuit-run St. Joseph’s Prep, tells how excited he is to meet Pope Francis during the upcoming trip to the Vatican to discuss plans for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015.
Dan Hilferty, president and CEO of Independence Blue Cross, speaks at the press conference.
From left, Archbishop Chaput, Mayor Nutter and Gov. Corbett are all smiles as the announce plans underway for the World Meeting of Families to be held September 2015 in Philadelphia.
From left, Archbishop Chaput, Mayor Nutter and Governor Corbett share a light moment after the press conference.