2) Pastoral Congress

Pastoral Congress Programme

In his Letter for World Meeting of Families 2018, Pope Francis asked that the event and its preparation would give families the opportunity to have a way of deepening their reflection and their sharing of the content of The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia)’. The programme of the three-day Pastoral Congress for WMOF2018, from 22nd to 24th August, takes up this call.

The Congress will take place in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS) and will offer a daily programme of workshops, discussions as well as fun and prayerful activities for individuals and families, including a tailored programme for children (4-12 yrs) and young people (13-17 yrs). The highlight of each day will be the celebration of the Eucharist in the main arena. Fun activities for all the family will run throughout the day in the Conference venue, except during the celebration of Mass in the Main Arena. 

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Key Topics and themes 

The World Meeting of Families will focus on key issues related to family drawn from Pope Francis’ teachings in The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia). These include:

  1. The role of technology in the Family
  2. The impact of conflict on families and children
  3. Building a more sustainable approach to the economy, work and the environment
  4. Faith and family
  5. Women’s leadership roles, globally and locally
  6. The role of education in raising families out of poverty

Read more on our themes here.

Pastoral Congress Programme Details

Click on the table below to see details of the confirmed speakers, topics and activities for each day. 

Pastoral Congress

Wednesday 22 August

Theme: The Family and Faith.
Themes from Chapters 1 to 3 of The Joy of Love

Main celebrant & Homilist
H.E. Cardinal Oswald Gracias, Archbishop of Bombay, India.
Main Arena Keynote Speaker
Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh, Primate of All Ireland and President of the Irish Bishops' Conference.

Access Wednesday Programme Details

Thursday 23 August

Theme: The Family and Love.
Themes from Chapters 4 to 6 of The Joy of Love.

Main celebrant & Homilist
H.E. Cardinal João Braz de Aviz, 
Prefect of the Congregation for Institutes of Consecrated Life and Societies of Apostolic Life.

Main Arena Keynote Speaker
H.E. Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, England.

Thusday Programme Details

Friday 24 August

Theme: The Family and Hope.
​Themes from Chapters 7 to 9 of The Joy of Love.

Main celebrant & Homilist
H.E. Cardinal Kevin Farrell
Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life.
Main Arena Keynote Speaker
H.E. Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria.

Friday Programme Details

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The Pastoral Congress is now booked out!

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