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Church won’t change on gay marriage views

By Rosie Scammell/Religion News Service
On July 7, 2015

According to event organizers, Pope Francis is expected to draw a crowd of up to 2 million people at the end of September’s World Meeting of Families. Topics up for discussion at the congress include immigration, family finances and Internet use within the home.

However, visitors should not expect the church to change its views on gay families, Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput told journalists.

“People who have experienced same-sex attraction” will be welcome in Philadelphia, said Chaput, but he was clear in stating that the congress would not be open to supporting gay families.

The pontiff will arrive in Philadelphia on Sept. 26, after the four-day congress, which is due to draw Catholics from around the world to discuss family issues. The following day he will say Mass outside the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Preparations are well underway for the visit — Pope Francis’ first to the U.S. since being elected pontiff in 2013. More than 6,100 volunteers already have registered to lend a hand. More than 11,800 people have signed up so far for the World Meeting of Families, with most delegates coming from across the U.S. Significant numbers will also travel from Canada, Vietnam, the Dominican Republic and Nigeria; more than 100 countries will be represented.

The scale of the event entails a $45 million budget, more than $30 million of which has already been raised, according to Chaput.

“Much of that is for crowd safety and for infrastructure,” said Chaput. “The congress itself probably costs $2 million to $3 million.”

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