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World Meeting of Families: A Powerful Display of Catholicism as Pope Francis Arrives in U.S.


Experiencing the World Meeting of Families – Day 2

It’s hard to keep track of all the activities going on here at the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) but it sure is exciting, uplifting, and encouraging. Being in the midst of 17 thousand faithful pilgrims from all over the globe makes me realize once again that we are not alone and that there are an awful lot of us on the frontlines doing what we can to promote the faith, first at home and then out there in the parishes and beyond.

Yesterday was the opening day, and it began with a press conference where both Archbishop Chaput and Archbishop Paglia made themselves available to answer questions and meet with reporters. I grabbed a few minutes with Archbishop Chaput that I am sharing on Catholic Connection and Kresta in the Afternoon. The opening ceremonies were moving, with choirs singing familiar Catholic hymns and children holding up signs proudly showing just how far Catholics traveled to attend this historic event that is being held in the United States for the very first time. Some came as far away as Nigeria, Argentina, and the Philippines!

Bishop Robert Barron, the opening keynote speaker, reminded attendees to soak up all the Holy Spirit had to offer at the gathering, and then share what they’ve learned and experienced with the rest of the world. The pilgrims then had the opportunity to attend the opening Mass before heading back to their hotels to prepare for the first full day of the congress.

Following my live radio broadcast of Catholic Connection from the WMOF convention floor this morning, I will be grabbing as many interviews as possible and then heading over to the Ave Maria Press booth for a book signing. We are launching my new book “Intimate Graces” with this event and I am thrilled to see this project with my husband Deacon Dom in print. Pray for us as we do our best to encourage strong marriages.

Also, pray for the pro-life symposium taking place this evening sponsored by Priests for Life. As Fr. Frank Pavone explained, this will be a powerful evening, highlighting pro-life efforts in the world-wide Church. I am honored to serve as the emcee and will have more on the discussions and presentations from this event in my next blog. For more information visit or

And of course, stay tuned to EWTN and Ave Maria Radio for complete coverage of the Pope’s activities in Washington today and all week. We’ll have plenty of Catholic commentary on those developments as well.

Please keep us all here in Philadelphia in your prayers and I ask that you especially pray for our Holy Father, Pope Francis, as he gives his address today to the U.S. joint sessions of Congress – truly, a historical event!

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