Joyce Coronel

Joyce Coronel is a regular contributor to The Catholic Sun and author of “A Martyr’s Crown.”

This year the bishop zeroed in on who it is Christ calls the faithful to be.

PHILADELPHIA — As pilgrims from the Diocese of Phoenix stood outside the historic church of St. John the Evangelist in downtown Phoenix, there was an unmistakable sense of excitement in the air.

Fr. C. Kevin Gillespie, SJ, held his audience spellbound. The more than 200 people who crowded in to hear him were there to learn about addiction.

So here we are in America's fifth most populous city and let me tell you, for two journalists from Phoenix, we are finding stories wherever we go.

When we're not listening to amazing speakers or checking out the plethora of breakout sessions, we wander over to Exhibit Hall B here at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

PHILADELPHIA — Dr. Daniel Mark, a professor of political science at Villanova University, stood before one of the more crowded breakout sessions at the World Meeting of Families .

They came from across the globe to learn how to build up what's been called the school of love and the domestic church.

PHILADELPHIA — Cardinal Robert Sarah had a message for the thousands of Catholics attending the World Meeting of Families: love to the end is possible.

Sr. Maria Silva began working for a car dealership in the Bronx right out of high school. She was working her way through Fordham and studying to be a psychologist, hoping for a lucrative career. Instead, she became the youngest chief financial officer for the dealership at 23. In spite of great financial success, she felt drawn to the religious life.

PHILADELPHIA — Thousands of Catholics poured into the Pennsylvania Convention Center late Tuesday afternoon for the opening Mass of the World Meeting of Families, among them dozens of pilgrims from the Diocese of Phoenix.


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