Church leaders affirm commitment to family as world meeting kicks off

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September 23, 2015

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia will be “the city of family love” and the “world capital of families” during the four-day World Meeting of Families, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

The largest-ever World Meeting of Families opened in Philadelphia Sept. 22. More than 17,500 participants from more than 100 countries registered for the four-day congress, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia.

“All have come to affirm their commitment to the family as the foundation of a fruitful life,” the archbishop told reporters at the Pennsylvania Convention Center Sept. 22.

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