"Love is our mission...The family fully alive."
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, made his way to Philadelphia from Rome and toured the city with Mayor Michael Nutter, Archbishop Charles Chaput, and Gov. Tom Corbett. After visiting the Liberty Bell, Independence Hall, and several other sights ahead of the World Meeting of Families, the four sat down for a news conference where the theme was released. The four equally stressed how love within a family, of any sort, is extremely important.
"It is a wonderful message for the city of brotherly love and sisterly affection. Family is in fact a cornerstone of all societies. I truly believe both catholics and non-catholics alike will embrace this event," said Nutter.
"The purpose of the family is to learn how to love...being faithful to one another in difficult times," said Chaput.
The final decision, after making several suggestions and brainstorming others, was made by Pope Francis himself after Nutter, Corbett, Chaput, and others presented him with several options.
Fundraising is still a problem, where Chaput admitted that the city is still in need of a lot of money, somewhere in the thousands, for this event. If Pope Francis is revealed to come, the cost of the event will skyrocket. No event location has picked as of yet. Lodging, transportation, participants, and security are all aspects that are still in need of being looked at.
Nutter continues to stress that the city will prepare for the event as if Pope Francis will be coming, which is still uncertain. Chaput explained that they will not be receiving any formal announcements about a possible visit by Pope Francis until at least six months before the event, which would not be until March of 2015.
"We will be prepared. We are fully prepared," said Nutter in regards to a question about the planning.
Chaput also explained that should any money be left over after the event, they want to donate that money to Pope Francis and to the poor. One of their goals is to provide money to the poor, and to help them attend the World Meeting of Families, if they so desire. Chaput admits that the committee has a lot of goals in mind, but no solid plans as of yet.
Donations to the World Meeting of Families 2015 can be made through the event's webpage at worldmeeting2015.org, and by then clicking on the "Donate Now!" link at the top of the page.