Yesterday at the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) spring plenary meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, the bishops articulated their collective support for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 by approving a letter to Pope Francis inviting him to the upcoming international conference, which will be held September 22-27, 2015.
Archbishop Charles J. Chaput O.F.M. Cap. invited both his fellow bishops and families from their home dioceses to Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families, encouraging them inspire families everywhere to attend.
Archbishop Chaput also addressed the possibility of a papal visit stating, “Obviously a papal visit is never official until the Holy See confirms it. And that rarely happens this far in advance. But we do have good reasons to believe that Pope Francis will take part in the meeting, and we’re planning to welcome him wholeheartedly.”
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, President of the USCCB, read a letter inviting the Holy Father to the World Meeting of Families in the presence of all of the bishops, who enthusiastically approved the text.