Archbishop Chaput: Church in Philly ready for Papal visit
(Vatican Radio) The Press Office of the Holy See was the scene on Thursday for a status report on the preparations for the eighth World Meeting of Families, to be held in the US city of Philadelphia from September 22-27, 2015, culminating with the presence of Pope Francis.
During the course of the conference, journalists learned that week of festivities will include ecumenical, interreligious, and multicultural celebrations of the family involving an expected 15 thousand participants from more than a dozen countries around the globe. For the Holy Father’s public engagements on September 26th and 27th, between 1 and 2 million people are expected to take part.
In an exclusive interview with Vatican Radio following the press conference, the Archbishop of Philadelphia, Charles J. Chaput, OFM Cap. spoke of the irreplacable contribution the Church has to make to the ongoing discussion of the place of the family in society. “The only unique thing that the Church brings to a discussion of family life is the teaching of Jesus Christ,” he said, “and so it seems to me that the most important contribution we make, is to make that teaching very clear, announcing it in a joyful and positive way.”
Click below to hear Archbishop Chaput’s extended conversation with Chris Altieri