The visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families
November 28, 2014
The announced visit of Pope Francis to Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families in September, 2014 will take place in two eparchies.
The Holy Father will be visiting the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Philadelphia, headed by Archbishop Charles Chaput, and the Ukrainian Catholic Archeparchy of Philadelphia, headed by Archbishop and Metropolitan Stefan Soroka.
Metropolitan Soroka said that, in the light of the present events in the world we will lay emphasis on what it means to practice your faith in a time of persecution, some of our members and families can share that experience. As Ukrainan Catholic Archeparchy, we are going to speak of the faith in the context of martyrdom of our Ukrainian Church when it was in the catacombs during all of the years under communist regime, said Metropolitan Stefan Soroka.
Metropolitan Soroka hopes that there will be a chance for Pope Francis to visit the Ukrainian Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception in Philadelphia just as Pope John Paul II did during his visit in 1979. The Cathedral has a new artwork and artifacts commemorating the modern Ukrainian martyrs, 28 of whom were beatified by Pope John Paul II in 2001 in Ukraine.