May 22, 2012. (Romereports.com)
From May 30th to June 3rd, the city of Milan will host the World Meeting of Families. Its main organizers are Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, who serves as the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family and Cardinal Angelo Scola, who serves as the archbishop of Milan. Most recently they talked about all the latest details.
Cardinal Angelo Scola
“We've been preparing for this gathering, for quite some time. Now, it's all prepared. We hope to also have good weather during those days.”
The World Meeting of Families includes a theological congress where roughly 6,000 people are expected. The goal is for families to strengthen the way they live out their Catholic faith. It will include 104 guest speakers from 27 countries. Also, about 900 youths have registered for another congress held for younger members of the family.
On the afternoon of Saturday June 2nd a meeting will take place at the Milan's Bresso airport. That meeting will include personal testimonies and it will involve some 300,000 people. There the Pope will respond to five questions, asked respectively from five families.
On Sunday June 3rd, about one million people are expected to attend the closing Mass, which will be led by the Pope. Then Benedict XVI will also have lunch with five families and he'll invite some of Milan's poorest families to lunch.
Finally, to help organize everything, the World Meeting of Families has about 5,000 volunteers to help out with all the big and minor details.