The World Meeting of Families in Milan came to an end with Mass celebrated by Pope Benedict XVI in Bresso Park, attended by one million people. He announced that the next World Meeting of Families will take place in Philadelphia, USA, in 2015. In his homily, the Pope spoke about marriage and the family:
God’s plan for the human couple finds its fullness in Jesus Christ, who raised marriage to the level of a sacrament. Dear married couples, by means of a special gift of the Holy Spirit, Christ gives you a share in his spousal love, making you a sign of his faithful and all-embracing love for the Church. If you can receive this gift, renewing your “yes” each day by faith, with the strength that comes from the grace of the sacrament, then your family will grow in God’s love according to the model of the Holy Family of Nazareth.