Commitment to family

Stage going up for #wmf2015 - We'll Be There! Will you? #popeinphilly #popeinus

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Kristin Holmes, (@DailyK), is one of four staff writers covering today's opening of the World Meeting of Families. Here's her scene setter:

Archbishop Charles Chaput and Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family in Rome, set the stage for the opening of the World Meeting of Families Congress by calling the gathering a time to reaffirm the commitment to family.

The four-day congress begins Tuesday at the Pennsylvania Convention Center with opening ceremonies and the first keynote address, by Bishop Robert Barron, founder of World on Fire Catholic Ministries.

More than 17,000 have registered for the international meeting, setting a record for the congress, which is held every three years by the Roman Catholic Church.

Chaput called the meeting an opportunity for families to learn practical ways to handle issues such as child-rearing, intimacy between spouses, finances and divorce.

Paglia called  Philadelphia  the “world capital of families” and the “city of family life,” and said  the WMOF will influence  discussions at the General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops scheduled to begin in Rome on Oct. 4. He presented a medal to Archbishop Chaput in recognition of his leadership in organizing the world congress.