Philadelphia, Pa., Jun 6, 2012 / 08:28 am
Pope Benedict XVI personally chose Philadelphia as the site for the next World Meeting of Families and, health permitting, will attend the 2015 event, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles J. Chaput said.
The archbishop discussed the Pope’s possible visit at an afternoon press conference in Philadelphia on June 5.
“He said he hoped to be there, but he reminded me he’s 85 years old and he’d be 88 at that time, and God willing he will be with us,” Archbishop Chaput said. “He’s a man who trusts God’s providence, and I do too.”
The World Meeting of Families, sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, takes place every three years. It brings together hundreds of thousands of people to pray, celebrate and study marriage and family life. Archbishop Chaput and Pope Benedict attended the 2012 event in Milan.