The World Meeting of Families 2015 is being held in Philadelphia from September 22-27th. The WMOF Congress will be held from Tuesday-Friday featuring keynote speeches and breakout sessions led by prominent Catholic speakers talking on various topics related to faith, family, and society. Saturday and Sunday, Pope Francis will be visiting Philadelphia and participating in a variety of events most notably a public address at Independence Hall, the Festival of Families concert, and a Papal Mass on the Ben Franklin Parkway. There will be a number of other non-public events during his visit including mass at the Cathedral Basilica of Sts Peter and Paul, a Meeting with Bishops, and a visit to Curran-Fromhold Prison.
iradiophilly will be broadcasting keynote speeches and select breakouts from the Congress all week as well as the events during the Papal Visit. We will also be recording and podcasting those events throughout the week and making them available here.
Papal Mass in Philadelphia - Pope Francis on Benjamin Franklin Parkway
Pope Francis celebrated mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in front of 100,000's of faithful gathered.
Address on Religious Freedom and Immigration - Pope Francis at Independence Mall
Pope Francis addressed the crowd in front of Independence Hall in Old City Philadelphia during his visit. He spoke on religious freedom and immigration. He was introduced by the Philly Pops! and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput. The speech is in Spanish. See English transcript
Redefining Marriage: Is it Really Whatever We Say It Is? - Dr. Douglas Farrow
Courts and legislatures in many places are redefining marriage to make it gender neutral in the name of dignity, freedom, and rights. In this presentation, Dr. Douglas Farrow explores the logic of same-sex marriage and the change in the way states view families, citizens and the role of religion in society.
Give Me Your Tired, Your Poor... - Archbishop Jose Horacio Gomez - Session F
For Archbishop Gomez, immigration is about people. As leader of the nation's largest Catholic community, he serves more than 5 million Catholics who come from every corner of the world and speak more than 40 languages. Drawing on his experience in Los Angeles, and his own experience as a Mexican immigrant and naturalized citizen, he will present the "human face" of immigration today. Archbishop Gomez will explore the cruel impact of America's broken immigration system on families and children and explain why he believes reform is essential to protect human rights and renew "the soul of America."
The Joy of the Gospel of Life - Cardinal Seen Patrick O'Malley, O.F.M. Cap. and Pastor Richa
Christian families are called to be a leaven in our world, offering light and hope. In a world filled with suffering and sadness, our greatest witness is to live a life of daring faith and contagious joy, embodying the Beatitudes of Christ to make a difference. We can do this by embracing the Good News of the Gospel and trusting completely in God's plan for the family.
Building a Just Society: Catholic Social Teaching in Your Life - Prof. Helen Alvare
Social justice is the natural progression of family love. It is not something additional or outside of it. Prof Alvare explores the links between love within a family and the Christian imperative to follow the example of the Good Samaritan.
Embracing the Struggles and Blessings of Disabilities - Ms. Janice Benton
Countless parishes embrace and celebrate the inherent dignity and worth of every person. Such communities foster the growth in faith of all parishioners, including those with disabilities, calling forth their gifts in service and meaningful participation. Yet they still encounter fear, ignorance, and rejection all too often. This workshop explores these conflicting realities and the ways in which families and parish communities can be sources of mercy, safety, friendship, and support for one another.
The Family: A Home for the Wounded Heart - Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle - Keynote E
Everyone struggles with painful situations such as loneliness, poverty, disability, illness and addiction, and unemployment. In our families and churches, we must walk with each other in love and support, even carrying those with great need. The Church, too, as our mother and teacher, comforter and guide, is a family-a family of faith. How can we help each other? And how can the Church bring the healing power of God's grace to us? Join this session and learn practical ways that we can grow in love, including participation in charity, prayer and the spiritual disciplines, scripture, and the liturgical and sacramental life.
WMOF Tourism Press Conference - Meryl Levitz, John McNichol, Mayor Michael Nutter, Jack Ferg
Thursday Tourism Press Conference with President/CEO Visit Philadelphia Meryl Levitz, president/CEO Pennsylvania Convention Center John McNichol, Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter, President/CEO Philadelphia Convention & Visitor's Bureau Jack Ferguson
No Strings Attached? Responding to the “Hook-up” Culture - Mrs. Erika Bachiochi
These days, coarseness has replaced courtship, but Erika Bachiochi believes that a new springtime of sexual integrity is dawning. Drawing on personal experience, current data, and the inspiring work of many, Mrs. Bachiochi tells the curious story of casual sex today.
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