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Corbett, Nutter Leave for Vatican on Sunday

Corbett and Nutter will serve as Honorary Co-Chairs for the eighth World Meeting of Families.

Gov. Tom Corbett (left) and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter are headed to the Vatican, where they will have an audience with Pope Francis. (Patch file photos)
Gov. Tom Corbett (left) and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter are headed to the Vatican, where they will have an audience with Pope Francis. (Patch file photos)

Gov. Tom Corbett and Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter will leave for the Vatican on Sunday. 

The two leaders will join Corbett’s wife, Susan Corbett, and Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput in traveling to the Vatican to help plan next year’s World Meeting of Families. Corbett and Nutter will serve as honorary co-chairmen for the eighth World Meeting of Families.

The Vatican meetings will run through Wednesday, and will include an audience with Pope Francis, the Governor’s Office said.

“As members of the Catholic faith, Sue and I are deeply honored to be part of the delegation scheduled to meet with the Holy Father,” Corbett said when the trip was announced.  “As we begin the planning for this substantial undertaking, we note the tremendous privilege of hosting this global event.  The commonwealth will work very closely with the Archdiocese, the City of Philadelphia and the federal government to ensure that all guests — anticipated to be as many as one million — enjoy our great state and the Philadelphia region as a world-class destination.” 

The eighth World Meeting of Families will be held from Sept. 22-27, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Governor’s Office said the event is expected have an economic impact on the region of about $100 million.

The World Meeting of Families was started by Pope John Paul II in 1994, and have been held in Rome (1994); Rio de Janeiro (1997); Rome (2000); Manila (2003); Valencia (2006); Mexico City (2009), and Milan (2012).


James Dempsey March 22, 2014 at 09:17 PM
WTF is Nutter doing going to the Vatican? He is a disgrace as a St. Joe's Prep grad, which I am as well. He is for unfettered abortion and against school choice. What, did they run out of human beings?
Irene March 23, 2014 at 09:30 PM
Nutter might as well go to Rome, he is not accomplishing much in Philadelphia. He should take Ramsey with him.
John Fisher March 24, 2014 at 08:13 AM
Couldn't we find better representatives of our State and City than these 2 idiots? They should have much more respect for the Pope.
Steven Kurcik March 24, 2014 at 10:25 AM
Three politicians getting together to waste more of tax payers money. Disgrace all around. We wonder why the state and city are broke.

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