World Meeting of Families
One of Philadelphia’s top movers and shakers says there are more than enough deep pockets in the region to help pay for both a potential visit of the pope to Philadelphia next year and a Democratic National Convention in 2016.
Pope Francis has confirmed he wants to go to the United States next year and is considering a three-city trip in September 2015.
Preparations are underway for an “expected” visit from Pope Francis, during the World Meeting of Families next year. That includes the creation of a religious icon to be used to promote the World Meeting.
The Archdiocese of Philadelphia isn’t quite ready to let us take the pope’s word as gospel.
If the pontiff does come, an appearance on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is not a certainty.
According to a report, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput has confirmed that Pope Francis will be coming to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in 2015.
The primary reason for the decision, the mayor said, is cost.
Students from Roman Catholic and a delegation from Hallahan High School turned on the charm as Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia entered Roman’s gym at Broad and Vine Streets.
Archbishop Vincente Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, is on a factfinding mission to identify sites for the events, including possible venues that could handle a papal visit.
Some 150 business and community leaders were invited to breakfast Tuesday at the Union League by Philadelphia’s papal pitch team — and they were asked to step up and do their part for a possible September 2015 visit by Pope Francis to the city.
Today’s session, Mayor Nutter says, is in part to jumpstart fundraising for next year’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.
Speaking to reporters at City Hall upon his return, Mayor Nutter said he has no doubt that the trip he made to Rome with Archbishop Chaput and Gov. Corbett sent a clear message of their desire that the pope visit the region next year.
Follow CBS 3’s Pat Ciarrocchi as she travels with the Philadelphia delegation and reports from Rome, Italy!
The planning for next year’s World Meeting of Families continues at the Vatican.
Amid talk of a Pope visit and discussion of whether Philadelphia should host a political convention again, City Council plans a hearing on whether the city and region are up to the task of hosting such mega-events.