World Meeting of Families is 'moment of grace' for global Church

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World Meeting of Families is ‘moment of grace’ for global Church

Baltimore, Md., Nov 10, 2014 / 03:11 pm (EWTN News/CNA)

As registration opens for the upcoming World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said that the gathering will be a chance to strengthen the Church throughout the whole world.

“The World Meeting of Families is a moment of grace for Catholics and other people of good will from around the globe,” the archbishop said. ”That’s our goal. That’s the reason for our enthusiasm.”

Addressing his fellow bishops from across the country, gathered in Baltimore Nov. 10 for their annual fall general assembly, Archbishop Chaput gave an update on the World Meeting of Families.

During his remarks, he announced the official opening of registration for the event at worldmeeting2015.org. Numerous scholarships are available for couples across the U.S. and around the world.

Scheduled to take place Sept. 22-27, 2015, the eighth World Meeting of Families will take place in Philadelphia. Held every three years, the event was established by St. John Paul II in 1994 with the Year of the Family aimed at strengthening family bonds around the world.

It is widely expected that Pope Francis will attend the event, and Archbishop Chaput said that there have been “many hopeful signs that he does intend to come,” although confirmation of the visit from the Vatican is unlikely until 2015.

The event is expected to draw 8,000-12,000 participants during the week, and more than 1 million for the weekend papal events, the archbishop stated.

He explained that the World Meeting of Families “will deal with a wide range of family issues where our faith is both needed and tested. These are matters that affect families not only here in the United States but on a global scale.”

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