PHILADELPHIA — Just hours after the official announcement from the Vatican, the Archdiocese of Philadelphia announced Monday morning that the city has been officially chosen to host the eighth World Meeting of Families in 2015.
This marks the first time the event, established by Blessed John Paul II in 1994, will be held in the United States. Hundreds of thousands of people from around the world are expected to attend. The event was last hosted in 2012 by Milan, Italy, where more than 1 million people from 153 nations gathered for a Mass with Pope Benedict XVI.
The announcement represents positive news for an archdiocese that has been unsettled recently by sexual-abuse scandals and...READ MORE