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What is the World Meeting of Families?
The World Meeting of Families is a weeklong international event of prayer, catechesis and celebration that draws participants from around the globe. It seeks to strengthen the bonds between families and to witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society. The theme for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, chosen by Pope Francis, is "Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive."
The World Meeting of Families consists of a Theological Adult Congress, and a concurrent Youth Congress, followed by The Festival of Families and the Papal Mass. The Adult Congress is for ages 18 and up, and includes six keynote addresses by internationally known speakers, followed by multiple breakout sessions to address ways to strengthen the bonds of family.
The Youth Congress is for ages six to 18 and is an interactive program where young people can build, create, play, listen, serve and embrace the Mission of Love that brings Families Fully Alive.
On Saturday night (Sept. 26), the Festival of Families will take place. This is a celebratory event for families that will include different types of cultural and musical performances. The Festival of Families will be attended by the Holy Father.
On Sunday (Sept. 27), Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia at a time that is yet to be determined. The Mass will be open to the public.
Visit worldmeeting2015.org/papalvisit/papal-itinerary-2/ for the specific details of the Papal visit. Visit worldmeeting2015.org for updated details on the entire event.