The 8th World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia takes place during a particularly important moment in the life of the Church, also at a time when Pope Francis has placed special attention on the theme of the family. “Today, we are called to acknowledge how beautiful, true and good it is to start a family, to be a family today; and how indispensable the family is for the life of the world and for the future of humanity. We are called to make known God’s magnificent plan for the family and to help spouses joyfully experience this plan in their lives, as we accompany them amidst so many difficulties with a pastoral care that is sound, courageous and full of love” (Opening address of Pope Francis, Extraordinary Consistory on the Family, February 2014). The gathering in Philadelphia includes the participation of members of other churches, Christian communities, as well as other religions, and calls on everyone to be committed to listening to each other and working together as one, great human family.
The reverse side of the coin, a work by artist Chiara Principe, shows a symbolic embrace of the planet by two families of different ethnic origins as a way to signify the universality of the papal and Christian message.