This is how Pope Benedecit XVI anounced the World Meeting of Families back in June 2012. Now the Vatican officially anounced that the event will be take place in Philadelphia from September 22 to 27, 2015.
ARCH. CHARLES CHAPUT
Archbishop of Philadelphia (USA)
"Gatherings like the World Meeting of Families are a tremendous source of joy. They also demand quite a lot of planning and a great deal of work. They draw many thousands of people –in this case, many thousands of families with children of all ages– and their magnitude poses some very special challenges. But these events also become moments of grace. They have the power to transform, in deeply positive ways, the whole public community.”
Archbishop of Philadelphia Charles Chaput went to the Vatican along with the Mayor of the city to take part in the preparatory meetings. Philadelphia looks forward with excitement to hosting this event.
Mayor of Philadelphia (USA)
"It's been a wonderful series of meetings. Archbishop Paglia is so warm, so embracing, so encouraging and he really comes at everything with such a tremendous spirit that made us feel so welcome and I think we're all energized about this upcoming event. We've got a lot of work to do but we are excited.”
It will the first time a World Meeting of Families is held in the United States, but not in the Americas. But with a Latin American Pope, this appointment takes on a special meaning.
Pontifical Council for the Family
"We hope that a lot of people from the Americas, the so called "continent of hope” will make it to this world meeting and gain new experience to evangelize through the family, culture, economy and legislation.”
It is still unclear if Pope Francis will join the families at the world meeting, but there is a lot of expectation that he will go for what would be his first trip to the United States.