Pope Francis invites families to help prepare for Dublin 2018 Meeting
Video of Vatican Press Conference
Pope Francis has chosen Dublin to be the host diocese for the World Meeting of Families from 21 to 26 August 2018.
Today (Thursday 30 March) in Rome, details of a Letter from Pope Francis were released by Cardinal Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Holy See’s Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, and the Archbishop of Dublin, Diarmuid Martin. The Letter invites families from around the world take part in the pastoral preparations for the ninth World Meeting of Families.
Planning for this national and international celebration of faith is well underway. A dedicated office and support team has been established and later this year a nationwide programme about the family will begin throughout Ireland, with an emphasis on Pope Francis’ teaching and reflections.
In his letter published a short time ago, Pope Francis said “ My thoughts go in a special way to the Archdiocese of Dublin and to all the dear Irish nation for the generous welcome and commitment involved in hosting such an important event. May the Lord recompense you as of now, granting you abundant heavenly favours.”
At today’s news conference which was held in the Holy See Press Office, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin said, “The Church in Ireland – and especially my Archdiocese of Dublin – is aware of the privilege that Pope Francis has assigned to it but is also aware of the challenge that the Pope has placed on its shoulders. The challenge is not just of organising a large world event, but of recalling for a modern society such as that of Ireland, with its complex mix of secularisation and faith, how important the family is for the future of Ireland and of the wider society especially in Europe.”
The World Meeting of Families promises to be an occasion that will reflect on the faith experience of families from many parts of the world as well as on the challenges and celebrations, which characterise the ups and downs of day-to-day family life.
Archbishop Martin outlined how the celebration in Dublin in August 2018 will be prepared by extensive teaching on the meaning of family love and on the role of the family in society. He expressed the hope that it would be “a moment of renewal for the Church in Ireland with wide involvement of lay faithful. It will be a moment in which the role of the family can be understood in greater depth. It will be a moment in which families can regain confidence in carrying out their mission in the context of a Church which is merciful and which accompanies them in the ups and downs of their lives.”