Press Releases

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Debuts Official Hymn for September 2015 Event

December 1st, 2014

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, being held September 22-27, 2015, and featuring Pope Francis’ first visit to the United States, has debuted the official hymn for this international gathering. Entitled “Sound the Bell of Holy Freedom,” the hymn draws inspiration from the theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, “Love is our mission: the family fully alive,” as well as the Roman Missal and Sacred Scripture.

Archdiocese of Philadelphia Holds 27th Annual Retirement Fund for Religious Collection

November 25th, 2014

The 27th Annual Retirement Fund for Religious Collection will be held at parishes throughout the Archdiocese of Philadelphia on the weekend of December 6-7, 2014.

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary to Host 27th Annual Christmas Concert and Open House

November 24th, 2014

Saint Charles Borromeo Seminary welcomes all to attend an Open House followed by an evening of religious music and prayer during this year’s Advent season at the 27th annual Christmas Concert.

Preliminary Congress Agenda for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

November 20th, 2014

Preliminary Congress Agenda for the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

Archdiocese of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 Joyously Celebrate News of Pope Francis’ Visit Next September

November 17th, 2014

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today rejoiced as Pope Francis officially confirmed his visit to Philadelphia, PA for the Eighth World Meeting of Families, set to be held September 22-27, 2015.

Statement of Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, O.F.M. Cap. Regarding Pope Francis’ Announcement That He Will Attend the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015

November 17th, 2014

Today is one of great joy for our Archdiocese, our City, our Commonwealth and our country! It was a privilege to be in the presence of our Holy Father this morning in Rome when he announced to the world that he will be with us in Philadelphia next year for the World Meeting of Families.

Pope Francis Will Attend the World Meeting of Families-Philadelphia 2015

November 17th, 2014

In remarks offered today in Rome, Pope Francis formally announced his intention to attend the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015, set to be held September 22-27, 2015. This visit will mark his first to the United States as pope. He will be only the fourth reigning Pontiff to visit our nation in its history.

World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 to Send 10,000 Letters from Archdiocesan Students to Pope Francis; The Office of Catholic Education Announces Special Schedule and Curriculum Plans for Global Event

November 14th, 2014

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 today packaged 10,000 letters from students across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to send to Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, in Rome, Italy. Ranging from beautifully crafted greeting cards to handwritten letters with emotionally resonant messages of love for their own families, students from across the Archdiocese created personal invitations to Pope Francis to visit Philadelphia in September 2015.