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Pope in Ireland

· For the encounter with the families ·

“The Family is an icon of God: the bond between a man and a woman generates life and communion”. This is Pope Francis’ Tweet published late Friday morning, 24 August. It is the last in a series of messages that have appeared every day on the @Pontfex account, marking the days of the Ninth World Meeting of Families currently underway in Dublin.

Everything is now ready in the Irish capital to welcome Francis who, on Saturday morning, will join the thousands of families that have arrived from all over the world, to share with them the final days of the meeting: the great celebration scheduled for Saturday evening at Croke Park Stadium and the Eucharistic celebration on Sunday afternoon in Phoenix Park. Cardinal Kevin Jospeh Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, explained that the main theme of the meeting is joy because despite the dangers and the crises that threaten families today, the Gospel offers a message of hope and joy. “Our task is to bring the joy of the Gospel out to the peripheries and into the lives, the concrete reality of everyday family life, not to condemn, but to offer the challenge and fulfillment of a life lived in Christ and for Christ”, said Archbishop Eamon Martin, of Armagh and President of the Irish Episcopal Conference. Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin said he hoped the meeting would give a boost to the pastoral care of the family and a renewed commitment by the Church to accompany those who, for various reasons, were not able to experience the joy of the Gospel.

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