World Meeting of Families Updates





In this issue: 

New App for WMOF – ‘Go Philadelphia!’

WMOF Film Festival

Your Support Matters

Official WMOF Merchandise

Hotel Availability

Join the Discussions on Twitter



New App Available for Download


The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and IBM recently announced a new mobile app “Go Philadelphia!”. The app will provide information about the region’s cultural institutions and family-friendly events taking place between September 18-29.

The app curates and displays events and attractions on an interactive online map. Visitors have instant access and detailed information about institutions, exhibits, events and attractions, translation services, frequently asked questions, schedules, maps, and more. Customized family schedules can be created on the app and saved to favorites. The app will also give users access to real-time translation and captioning services in eight languages during portions of the Papal Mass being held on Sunday, September 27.  The free app can be downloaded for Android devices and Apple devices. 


Film Festival Announced 

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and Greater Philadelphia Film Office (GPFO) recently announced the World Meeting of Families Film Festival. The festival will open Tuesday, September 22 and close on the evening of Friday, September 25, 2015, just before Pope Francis’ arrival in Philadelphia. Curated by the GPFO and presented by Beneficial Bank, the Film Festival will be held at The Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, adding to the many cultural and family-friendly events being planned across the Philadelphia region for the week. 


Your Support Makes a Difference

The World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 and the visit of Pope Francis is being made possible by the generous support of our many wonderful donors. As a donor, you will play a role in bringing this global event to fruition, enabling us to emphasize the good news of the family and its intrinsic value to the good of society. All donations will benefit the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015.  



Hotel Availability – The Week of Congress and the Papal Visit Weekend

During the Week

Housing for the week of the Adult and Youth Congress is available through the Congress registration process. Visit Congress Registration to view options.

Papal Visit Weekend 

Housing for the weekend of Saturday September 26th – Sunday 27th is now open! View options and reserve your stay.  


Remember to Register Your Buses

All buses coming to the World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015 must be registered to acquire parking. 

Click here for the Bus Registration Portal

“Know B4 You Go” to World Meeting of Families – Philadelphia 2015:

  • We encourage use of public transportation
  • Walking is vigorously and continually encouraged
  • Buses/motor coaches will be directed to fee based, designated parking/drop-off areas through a portal

that is now available. 

Visit our website for the latest transportation resources and information Learn More




Twitter Chats

Join our weekly online discussions on Twitter! New details will 

be shared in each Twitter Chat. Don’t miss these chats!


To join, simply go to and follow the hashtag @wmf2015. 

View the Twitter Chat Schedule here


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