Newly ordained Auxiliary Bishop Robert Barron of Los Angeles gives the first keynote talk of the World Meeting of Families on Sept. 22 to a packed Philadelphia Convention Center.
Bishop Barron stressed the role of the faithful in confidently spreading truth of the Gospel, what he called the prophetic call. He said that being created in the image of God is a mission, adventure and command to Catholics to sanctify the world.
Seventeen thousand people from the United States and more than 100 countries were expected to attend the four-day conference, according to Newsday.
Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia Sept. 26 and 27, concluding his historic visit to the United States with a Mass on Sept. 27 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
More than 250 people from the Archdiocese of Hartford will travel as a group to Philadelphia on Sept. 25. The pilgrimage schedule includes attendance at a Festival of Families on the parkway on Sept. 26 and attendance at the papal Mass on Sept. 27.
Other individuals, groups and churches planned visits to Philadelphia, New York and Washington, D.C., during the pope's stay in the United State. (Photo by Bob Mullen)