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PHILADELPHIA — I’ve been asked what’s it like being at the World Meeting of Families and I would say it’s been a blessing. Seeing thousands of laity, religious, clergy and individuals traipsing through the gigantic convention center is humbling.

With the Holy Father coming to Philadelphia Saturday, here are a few quick facts.

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.

The World Meeting of Families is an all-encompassing congress that embraces the complexities that make up each family, including divorce. There is no elephant in the room because here everyone is welcome to the merciful message of the Church — love.

It may come as a surprise to know the City of Philadelphia has more murals than any other city in the world.

Among those streaming into the Pennsylvania Convention Center for the opening Mass were 30 Dominican nuns from Tennessee.

Don't miss a minute of Pope Francis' historic U.S. visit or the World Meeting of Families!


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