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World Meeting of Families 2018

With just under one month to go to the 9th World Meeting of Families, which is taking place from 21 – 26 August in Dublin, plans are at an advanced stage and we are ready to welcome families and individual pilgrims from across the world to Ireland for the event. We are also looking forward to welcoming Pope Francis who will travel to Ireland to be with us on 25th and 26th August.

The WMOF2018 has had the personal touch of Pope Francis from the beginning. He personally chose Ireland to host the event; he gave us the theme ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’ on which to base all our preparations; and, he also gave us Amoris Laetitia as the key document on which to base our programme and all the other elements of WMOF2018.

It was Pope Francis himself who announced to the world that he would travel to Ireland for WMOF2018 and since that announcement in Rome on 21 March, the conversation here in Ireland has now moved on to what his visit will mean for the faithful, for families and young people, for the Church and for the Irish people.

Now that we have his final itinerary for his visit, we can see some of the priorities of his ministry to date coming through. He will spend his time here in Ireland for the most part with families; with people from the margins of society; and he will also spend time at Knock Shrine praying for families. 

by Brenda Drumm, WMOF2018 preparing to welcome the world to Ireland

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