I can hardly imagine better news than what was just announced in Milan today:
Pope Benedict has chosen Philadelphia as the meeting place for the eighth World Meeting of Families!! Now granted, these meetings occur once every three years, so we have to wait until 2015 for our Holy Father, God willing, to visit our archdiocese.
These will be an exciting three years as the archdiocese prepares for this meeting. I pray that the Holy Spirit be poured out in the hearts and souls of the members of the Church in Philadelphia so that we are ready to receive the gift of our Holy Father's visit! May we hear Jesus speak to us through his vicar on earth, and may we respond with joyful obedience to what he teaches us.
I was just reading a meditation written by Joseph Ratzinger on the Creed this morning, and I was struck (as I am every time I read our Pope's writings) at his sophistication and beauty of thought, his broad view of human life and culture, and his deeply Christian perspective on the relationship of Jesus, his Church, and the world. We are so blessed to have such a wonderful Holy Father, and doubly blessed that he will be visiting our shores so soon! I can HARDLY wait!!
Rocco Palmo has the full scoop here.
If you are a non-Catholic reader who wonders why the Papacy is so important, why we call our Pope "Holy Father" (something I was just quizzed on in Chick-fil-A a few days ago!), why we have a pope to begin with, or where the papacy is found in the Bible, please add your questions in the comment box below!
And finally, the announcement itself: