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The World Meeting of Families  Philadelphia 2015 was a star studded event with Academy Award nominated actor, Mark Wahlberg, serving as the host for The Festival of Families with Pope Francis on Saturday, September 26 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. In addition to Mr. Wahlberg’s role, it 18 time Grammy Award winning “Queen of Soul,” Aretha Franklin will performed for the Holy Father as will the multi platinum and four time Grammy Award nominated band, The Fray.

Below  is the soul starring performance:

The World Meeting of Families is a week-long international event of prayer, catechesis, and celebration that draws participants from around the globe. It seeks to strengthen the bonds between families and to witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society. The World Meeting of Families consists of a Theological Adult Congress, and a concurrent Youth Congress, followed by The Festival of Families and the Papal Mass.

The Adult Congress is for ages 18 and up, and consists of 6 keynote addresses presented by internationally known and engaging speakers. These keynotes are followed by multiple breakout sessions to address ways to strengthen the bonds of family.  The content can be viewed on the website under Speakers. The Youth Congress is for ages 6-18 and is an interactive program where young people can build, create, play, listen, serve and embrace the Mission of Love that brings Families Fully Alive.

On Saturday night, the Festival of Families took  place.  This is a celebratory event for families that will include different types of cultural and musical performances.  The Festival of Families will be attended by the Holy Father.

On Sunday, Pope Francis will celebrate Mass on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia.  T The Mass is open to the public.

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