Thursday, October 22, 2015

Philadelphia Pilgrimage Photo Post 2 - World Meeting of Families

Registration for the World Meeting of Families

This is the main hall where the keynotes took place.

The Opening Mass was quite amazing! It was held in the main hall and there were literally hundreds of priests, seminarians, and bishops in the procession. We counted 130 bishops! We enjoyed the awesome choir, especially when they sang, "Sound the Bells of Holy Freedom" (the theme song for the World Meeting). It definitely was an experience of the universal, transcendent nature of the church.

I know the lighting is terrible, but here we are with the our friends, the Ratliffs, before Mass.

These "million dollar bills" were distributed by an missionary group outside the hall.
The exhibit hall was great fun! We met lots of friends!


Jon enjoyed talking with the creator of the "That Man is You" program.

The boys enjoyed attending the kids conference with Jude, one of their friends from home!
Working on the mural
Greg and Lisa Popcak
Cardinal Tagle from the Philippines. Loved him so much!!!!
Gianna Molla, Saint Gianna's daughter
Pastor Rick Warren and Cardinal O'Malley --- This was one of my favorite talks!
Lacy Rabideau from Catholic Icing

 Our Visit to the Cathedral:

 The relics of Saint Gianna (and also her wedding dress), Saint John Paul, and Saints Zelie and Louis Martin.

The Our Lady, Undoer of Knots Grotto
Each of the white strips has a prayer of a pilgrim.

Hanging out and waiting for the Pope at the Festival of Families

The line behind us!

The line to get through security for the Papal Mass

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