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FAMILY: Pope To Attend World Meeting Of Families

Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, on August 25 and 26. The W.M.F. will be centered on the apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, reports Gerard O’Connel for America Magazine.

Francis will arrive in Dublin on Saturday, August 25, and will take part in the Festival of Families in Croke Park, the faith-based cultural event of the Meeting, that same evening. The next day he will celebrate the concluding Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Phoenix Park. 

The Irish bishops said that the papal visit will “no doubt be an occasion of spiritual renewal for our laity, religious and clergy, as well as a strengthening of Christian family life.”

The World Meeting of Families was a pastoral initiative of St. John Paul II and is now coordinated by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, which is headed by the Dublin-born Cardinal Kevin Farrell, a former bishop of Dallas. 

Celebrated every three years, the W.M.F. has been held in Rome (1994), Rio de Janeiro (1997), Rome (2000), Manila (2003), Valencia (2006), Mexico City (2009), Milan (2012) and Philadelphia (2015).Francis will be the second pope to visit Ireland. John Paul II went there in 1979. 
 


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