Rick Warren will speak at Papal Mass in Philadelphia

Photo courtesy Orange Country Register

Photo courtesy Orange Country Register

Southern Baptist pastor Rick Warren will be a part of the ecumenical and interfaith gathering this September where Pope Francis himself is expected to appear.  In the Catholic Herald piece we learn that the most important thing that can happen at the week long congress is conversion so that “families can become a force of change for good.” Obviously the conversion they’re referring to is people placing their faith in Roman Catholicism.  So it’s doubtful that the purveyor of pragmatism, Rick Warren, will share the true gospel of Jesus Christ during his speech, as that would certainly be viewed as divisive.  But we shall see.

It would be wonderful to see Rick Warren put his social justice gospel aside for once and share the true gospel of Christ with the lost so that genuine conversion might occur.

Now to the Catholic Herald’s report.

More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia this September, said organisers of the next World Meeting of Families.

A high-level delegation from Philadelphia, led by Archbishop Charles J Chaput, was in Rome as of Monday to meet Vatican officials, review some of the planning and promote the week-long congress.

At a Vatican press conference Archbishop Chaput said the highlight for the delegation was meeting the Pope after the general audience in St Peter’s Square. During their brief exchange, the Pope noted that the World Meeting of Families was only three months away, the archbishop said, holding up three fingers in imitation of the Pope’s gesture.

As of June 15, about 12,000 people were registered for the September 22-25 congress, which will feature dozens of speakers on an array of issues affecting family life, Archbishop Chaput said. Held every three years in a different city, this year’s theme is “Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.”

However, the number of participants is expected to balloon in September 26-27, when Pope Francis is expected to be in Philadelphia, after his stops in Washington and New York, on his first apostolic journey to the United States.

Archbishop Chaput underlined that the 2015 World Meeting of Families, which is the first hosted in the United States, is the reason for the Pope’s journey to the nation.

Besides the papal Mass on September 27, which will close the World Meeting of Families, the Pope is also expected to be at the Festival of Families on September 26. Organisers are expecting about 750,000 people for the festival, held on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway; it will include performances by Italian tenor Andrea Bocelli, Colombian pop star Juanes and the Philadelphia Orchestra.

Archbishop Chaput said organisers expect 15,000 registered participants by the start of the congress, he said. Among those registered, about 11,000 are adults; about another 1,200 were registered for the “youth congress”, organised for ages six to 17, he said. To date, the most represented countries among participants, besides the US, include Canada, Vietnam, Dominican Republic and Nigeria.

Auxiliary Bishop John McIntyre of Philadelphia, told reporters about the variety of themes – both theological and practical – that will be covered by congress speakers, including talks that will address new technologies, ecology, fertility and dealing with marriage breakups.

Some of the speakers listed include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle of Manila, Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston and Cardinal Robert Sarah, prefect of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments. Fr Robert Barron and Scott Hahn, as well as Reverend Rick Warren and Rabbi Abraham Skorka, are slated among the speakers.  Continue reading

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