2015 World Meeting of Families


Here is a collection of all the pieces Candice did for the 2015 World Meeting of Families and visit by Pope Francis from Sept. 22 through 27 in Philadelphia, Pa.


Verified Volunteers was approached by the World Meeting of Families to do all the background checks for all of its 10,000 volunteers needed for the week-long event at the end of September. (Verified Volunteers)

Verified Volunteers screening thousands for World Meeting of Families
Sept. 17, 2015

“It will take more than just a city to run the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia from Sept. 21 through 27.

“That’s why the World Meeting of Families will have 10,000 volunteers on hand during the entire week to help in any way possible.

“Verified Volunteers, a background screening provider, is taking on the monumental task of performing checks on each of the thousands of applicants vying for one of the 10,000 spots…”


DLN-L-POPE-Weddings-CMPope’s visit causes wedding havoc
Sept. 18, 2015

“What is supposed to be the happiest day of a couple’s life has turned into concern of complete havoc for would-be brides and grooms with weddings planned during Pope Francis’s visit to Philadelphia Sept. 26-27 for the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

“While the announcement of the pope’s visit was made last November, many weddings are planned a year or more in advance. For those who set aside the end of September in the city had to face the reality of either moving the date or the venue.

“‘We are fortunate that anything that needed to be rescheduled or moved as a result of the papal visit was done months ago when this visit was announced,’said Jaimi Gordon, director of public relations at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. ‘Anyone who needed to make adjustments did so knowing that there might be challenges resulting from the visit…'”

DLN-L-POPE-Lectern-CM-2Pope Francis will become first known public figure to use lectern since Lincoln’s “Gettysburg Address” in 1863
Sept. 18, 2015

“When Michael Jacobs, a professor at Pennsylvania College — now Gettysburg College — chose to let Edward Everett use his personal lectern for his two-hour speech, Jacobs had no idea this simple piece of wooden furniture would be used by a president and a pope almost 152 years apart.

“The lectern became a piece of history when President Abraham Lincoln delivered his ‘Gettysburg Address’from it during the dedication of the Soldiers’ National Cemetery Nov. 19, 1863.

“Since that time, only one other person is known to have used it, and that was when the “Gettysburg Address” was read from it during the 150th celebration in front of 500 people two years ago at the Union League in Philadelphia…”

PHILADELPHIA >> Over 2,000 years of historical and cultural history from the Vatican will be crossing the Atlantic Ocean to the Franklin Institute as part of the 2015 World Meeting of Families. The nearly 10,000 square-foot exhibit, called Vatican Splendors, will run at The Franklin Institute from Sept. 19 to Feb. 15. “The local officials with the World Meeting of Families said this is the biggest type of affiliated program that they heard of or have seen in quite some time,” said Troy Collins, senior vice president of The Franklin Institute. The Franklin Institute is the only stop on the East Coast for the exhibition on its two-city North American tour. It will also appear at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, Calif., March 6-Aug. 28, 2016. After the tour wraps up in Calif., all the items will return to Vatican City, where it cannot be absent for more than a year. “When we got wind of the World Meeting of Families last year — this was even before we knew the Pope was coming — we just thought it was a wonderful opportunity to exhibit the kind of artifacts that come from the Vatican,” Collins said. “We reached out to them and to some of our partners of ours that have worked with the Vatican before. Before we knew it, we were bringing the Vatican treasures to Philadelphia.” About 200 items will be in the exhibition, which is organized into 11 galleries to illustrate the evolution of the church and will have thematic areas highlighting important developments, events and people. The exhibit will contain a combination of 2- and 3-dimensional items. “On the 2-D side, we have a mosaic of Saint Paul,” Collin said. “From the (3-D)side, we have 16th-century iron clamps and a nail that were used in the scaffolding for the painting of the Sistine Chapel. An actual piece of that scaffolding has been recreated. “If you can picture it, it’s not just the object in a case. At The Franklin Institute, we always try and tell a story and part of that storytelling is recreating the environment in which that object existed. You will feel like you are in the Sistine Chapel when you see those clamps and that nail.” Visitors to the exhibit will even be able to touch one of the artifacts on display. “One of the premiere objects is a bronze cast of the hand of Saint John Paul II,” Collins said. “What’s exciting is not only is it quite striking and moving, but that our visitors will actually be able to touch it.” Many of the items are typically on display in Vatican City, but some of the objects coming to The Franklin Institute have never before been viewed by the public. “It’s amazing enough for visitors (who) have not been to Vatican City,” Collins said. “Once you go to Vatican City, you can truly appreciate the art, the artifacts and the history that is presented there. For even someone like myself, who has been to Vatican City, to know that there maybe things that have never been seen by anyone outside of Vatican officials is such an exciting thing. Another first for Philadelphia and we certainly deserve it as a city.” Though Vatican Splendors won’t be the largest exhibition The Franklin Institute has showcased, that doesn’t mean it still won’t take a lot of work to put together. “(The first week of September) we begin the installation process and it takes several weeks,” Collins said. “The artifacts will arrive with curators from the Vatican. There are procedures related to both security and preservation of the objects that need to be followed. It’s a fairly lengthy process. We’ll install the exhibit over a period of several weeks.” The Franklin Institute will open the week before the World Meeting of Families and will stay open the following week. However, during Pope Francis’ visit Sept. 26- 27, The Franklin Institute will have to close due to its prime location along the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The Franklin Institute is expecting to have a high attendance rate for Vatican Splendors during its five-month stay in the city. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime for Philadelphia,” Collins said. “It’s really wonderful that the World Meeting of Families will be held here, that the Pope is coming and we have the opportunity to bring treasures from the Vatican so that people don’t have to cross that great, big pond to go see them. We’re very excited.” (The Franklin Institute)

Franklin Institute to host hundreds of Vatican objects
Sept. 18, 2015

“Over 2,000 years of historical and cultural history from the Vatican will be crossing the Atlantic Ocean to The Franklin Institute as part of the 2015 World Meeting of Families.

“The nearly 10,000 square-foot exhibit, called Vatican Splendors, will run at The Franklin Institute from Sept. 19 to Feb. 15.

“‘The local officials with the World Meeting of Families said this is the biggest type of affiliated program that they heard of or have seen in quite some time,’ said Troy Collins, senior vice president of The Franklin Institute…”

POPE_SumerianPenn Museum displaying rare biblical artifacts
Sept. 18, 2015

“It has been nothing short of amazing some treasures have survived millennia, including something as simple as writings on a papyrus.

“The Penn Museum of Archeology and Anthropology is displaying some of these remarkable artifacts in its exhibit, ‘Sacred Writings: Extraordinary Texts of the Biblical World.’

“‘When we first started planning our own part of the city wide celebration of Pope Francis visit, we knew we wanted to focus on key objects that would bring the public into contact with something deeply meaningful,’said Steve Tinney, associate curator-in-charge of the Babylonian Section…”

POPE_ParkwayWork continues along Benjamin Franklin Parkway for Pope’s arrival
Sept. 22, 2015

“Two weeks removed from the Budweiser Made in America Festival, Philadelphia’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway looked vastly different as workers made a major overhaul in preparation for Pope Francis’ visit for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which officially kicked off Tuesday.

“Along the parkway, which is closed to traffic from the Philadelphia Museum of Art to Logan Square, people are at work building large jumbotrons, risers and stages.

“‘This site we’ve been working on since last Wednesday,’said Joe Rossano, who was working at Eakins Oval…”

Neilson_CarlinKennett Square artist sees work displayed in cathedral for pope’s visit
Sept. 23, 2015

“When Kennett Square artist Neilson Carlin received a phone call from Bishop John MacIntyre of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia asking him to create a painting of the Holy Family for the 2015 World Meeting of Families, he had to think back to the television show ‘Lost.’

“Carlin allowed five seconds of fear.

“‘Anytime I get a call about a commission, I’m happy because something is in the works, but I had no idea when he initially called me what it was going to be for,’ Carlin said. ‘I just figured I’d be doing something for one of the local parishes. I had no idea it would be for something as large as the World Meeting of Families…”

Eastern_StatePope’s visit causing havoc with businesses just outside the Mass zone
Sept. 24, 2015

“In the 21 years Eastern State Penitentiary has held its haunted prison, Terror Behind the Walls, it has only closed for two days, and that was because of Hurricane Sandy in 2012.

“It’s not bad weather, but Pope Francis visit that will lock the doors.

“Starting Friday afternoon, Eastern State will shut down through Monday and reopen Tuesday. Terror Behind the Walls, however, won’t have another show again for two weeks, starting back up again Oct. 2…”

POPE KNOTSPrayers of thousands left at Knotted Grotto in front of the Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul
Sept. 24, 2015

“For all the hustle and bustle of a big city starting to explode with pilgrims, a hush had fallen over the outside of the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul in Philadelphia.

“Just to the left of the main entrance, there is a little art installation which has grown in prayers − or little, white strips of cloth tied with prayers written on them.

“Throughout the day during the World Meeting of Families, and even a few days before its kickoff, people have wandered into the area to write a personal plea, tie it onto the fence and then untie someone else’s and move it inside a wooden grotto…”

POPE PILGRIMS PICGroup comes all the way from Atlanta to get a glimpse of Pope Francis
Sept. 25, 2015

“An outreach group called Love and Serve from Atlanta drew inspiration from Pope Francis’ ‘The Joy of the Gospel’and decided to make a pilgrimage of their own to Philadelphia this week.

“Spreading the word around about the trip, Love and Serve gathered together 300 people from around the United States to join.

“‘We’re 300 missionaries from all over the country and we’re here to do what Pope Francis is calling us to do in ‘The Joy of the Gospel,”said Dave Sloan, founder of Love and Serve and the mission director of the trip, called Love and Serve with Francis in Philly. ‘We want to love and serve everybody that we meet…'”

Pope FrancisFaithful pack Cathedral Basilica for Mass with Pope Francis
Sept. 26, 2015

“The largest cathedral in Pennsylvania was certainly the right setting for Pope Francis on Saturday morning.

“The Cathedral Basilica of Ss. Peter and Paul was filled to capacity as the pope celebrated his first Mass after landing in Philadelphia.

“First though, he was greeted by a children’s choir on the front steps of the cathedral…”

POPE PRISONPope Francis to prisoners at Curran-Fromhold: Stay open to ‘new possibilities’
Sept. 27, 2015

“Pope Francis delivered a message to inmates at the Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility in Philadelphia on Sunday morning.

“Speaking of the Gospel where Jesus washes the feet of his disciples at the Last Supper, Pope Francis told of how it was customary in those times to do such an act when someone visited their home.

“‘Life is a journey, along different roads, different paths, which leave their mark on us,’ he said to the inmates. ‘Life means getting our feet dirty from the dust-filled roads of life and history. All of us need to be cleansed — to be washed. All of us are being sought out by the teacher, who wants to help us resume our journey … He wants us to keep walking along the paths of life, to realize that we have a mission and that confinement is not the same thing as exclusion…'”


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