By Joe Towalski
Some three dozen pilgrims from the Diocese of St. Cloud joined nearly 20,000 from more than 100 countries for the opening day of the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.
The Minnesota pilgrims arrived just hours before Pope Francis landed in Washington, D.C., for his first-ever visit to the United States. They listened to a keynote address by auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles on “Living as the Image of God” and attended a Mass concelebrated by hundreds of priests and bishops, including Bishop Donald Kettler.
“It’s very inspirational — so many people here for one thing: the family,” said Dean Capouch of Our Lady of Victory Parish in Fergus Falls who made the trip with his wife, Sue. “It was very inspirational to be at the Mass — so many people all doing the same thing at the same time. It reaffirms your faith and your enthusiasm for the faith.”