Local pilgrims see pope, listen to spontaneous talk on families

For Mary Jo Ruhland of Assumption Parish in Eden Valley, the four-hour wait on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia to catch a fleeting glimpse of the popemobile as it went by Sept. 26, was definitely worth it. “It is the steadfastness that people have in their hearts to wait for that moment when he…

Organizers for meeting of families expect 1.5 million for papal Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia this September, said organizers of the next World Meeting of Families. A high-level delegation from Philadelphia, led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, was in Rome as of June 22 to meet with Vatican officials, review some…

Funds raised for World Meeting of Families stand at $30 million so far

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Officials for the World Meeting of Families this year in Philadelphia announced Feb. 20 that $30 million in cash and in-kind donations has been raised to support the four-day event Sept. 22-25, capped by the visit of Pope Francis. The congress will welcome top speakers and participants, Catholic and non-Catholic, from across…

Residents’ extra rooms needed for millions coming to Philadelphia

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Thousands of people have already registered for next year’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia, according to the event’s organizers, so the approximately 11,000 hotel rooms in Philadelphia, Southeastern Pennsylvania, the Lehigh Valley, South Jersey and Delaware are going fast. Residents in those areas who live within 120 miles of center city…