Nov 18, 2014 / 04:47 am
Pope Francis’ official confirmation of a visit to Philadelphia in 2015 has stoked great Catholic enthusiasm and prompted hopes that a papal visit will reinvigorate the archdiocese.
“Everyone is absolutely overjoyed. There are a lot of high-fives around here, a lot of big smiles. Everyone is celebrating,” Donna Farrell, executive director of the 2015 World Meeting of Families, said in a Nov. 17 conference call with reporters.
“One of our top goals with the World Meeting of Families is to reenergize, to reinvigorate the Archdiocese of Philadelphia and even the wider Church. I think Pope Francis is the man to do it,” she added.
“That’s why, in part, we are so grateful. This means an awful lot for the archdiocese.”
Bishop John J. McIntyre, a Philadelphia auxiliary bishop, said the announcement was “a moment of great joy for us.”
“The day has been really phenomenal.”
Farrell suggested the celebration should be “short-lived” because “we have an awful lot of work to do.”
On Monday morning, Pope Francis officially announced his intention to visit the U.S.
“I wish to confirm, if God wills it, that in September of 2015 I will go to Philadelphia for the Eighth World Meeting of Families,” he said at Vatican City’s Synod Hall during his remarks at an international colloquium on the complementarity of man and woman.
The 2015 World Meeting of Families, a global Catholic event, will take place in Philadelphia from Sept. 22-27. The world meeting takes place every three years and seeks to support and strengthen families. St. John Paul II founded the event in 1994. …
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