By Mark Abrams
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Governor Tom Corbett’s term in office ends today, but he will have his hands full in the coming months with duties in another leadership role he took on in Philadelphia several months ago.READ MORE: At Least 20 Shots Fired In Frankford Shooting That Injured Man, Police Say
Gov. Tom Corbett was tapped by Archbishop Charles Chaput to serve, along with Mayor Michael Nutter, as honorary co-chair of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, set for next September. The highlight, of course, being the visit by Pope Francis.READ MORE: 17-Year-Old Latif Williams Turns Self In For Alleged Murder Of Temple Student Samuel Collington
Donna Farrell, executive director of the Philadelphia organization putting on the families conference, says both Corbett and First Lady Susan Corbett accepted the archbishop’s invitation to stay on.
“Together they form a really terrific team and we are so grateful to them for all that they have brought to the World Meeting of Families and look forward to working with them very closely in the months ahead,” Farrell said. “He’s expressed an interest to assist even more when his term ends and we are very much looking forward to that. We’re extremely appreciative of his time and looking forward to working with him very closely.”MORE NEWS: Off-Duty Police Officer Shot Multiple Times In North Philadelphia, Police Say
The Corbetts were among the Philadelphia delegation to meet with Pope Francis on St. Peter’s Square in the Vatican last March. Farrell says they’ve been active in fundraising as well as planning for the conference and the pope’s visit.