History

The World Meeting of Families started in 1994, when Pope St John Paul II asked the Pontifical Council for the Family (now part of the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life) to establish an international event of prayer, catechesis and celebration that would draw participants from around the globe and that would help to strengthen the bonds between families and bear witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society.

History of World Meeting of FamiliesCredit Photo: Des McMahon

World Meetings of Families with Pope Francis 

World Meetings of Families with Pope Benedict XVI

World Meetings of Families with Pope St John Paul II

​​