June 11, 2014
Most Holy Father,
Assembled in New Orleans at our spring plenary meeting, we
the Catholic Bishops of the United States look forward with joyful anticipation
to the Eighth World Meeting of Families that is scheduled to take place in Philadelphia
in September 2015. This event will be an occasion for Catholics from around the
world to reflect on family life, and the role that families can play in
strengthening our society and our Catholic faith.
We wish to take this opportunity to warmly invite Your
Holiness to grace us with your presence at this event. We have no doubt that
the participants would be deeply honored, and would receive with gratitude your
pastoral reflections on the meaning of the family.
It is our fervent hope, Your Holiness, that you will
favorably consider our invitation to visit us in the United States. Your
presence would not only add significance to the World Meeting of Families, but
also serve to deepen the bonds of affection that our faithful and many other
Americans share with you as Bishop of Rome.
Respectfully and fraternally yours in Christ,
Most Reverend Joseph E. Kurtz, D.D.
Archbishop of Louisville
President, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops