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Ellen Bonner, Amy Mae Dolan and Meadhbh Kennedy from Riverdance Launch of programme for WMOF2018 Festival of Families Croke Park Dublin 19 July 2018 CREDIT: www.LiamMcArdle.com

Cast of Thousands to lead Global Celebration of Families in Croke Park!
The Festival of Families will be one of the highlights of WMOF2018 and is choreographed as a celebration of family life. Details of the programme have just been released, which include national and international performers, hundreds of musicians, dancers, choirs and flag-bearers and features community-based groups and artists.

Pope Francis will deliver an address to the families in the stadium and will hear five family testimonies, shared by families from Ireland, Canada, India, Iraq and Africa.

The selection of themes and artists featured in the event reflect many of the priorities in the ministry of Pope Francis including homelessness and those on the margins; migrants and refugees; care for our common home and the importance of the family.

Check out the artists and performers for the WMOF2018 Festival of Families here.

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Animations bring the messages of The Joy of Love to life!
A new series of digital animations, believed to be the first created using Amoris Laetitia as a guiding theme, has been created as part of the ongoing preparations for WMOF2018.

The Amoris Animations provide accessible insights and reflections on the messages in Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), the document written by Pope Francis on love in the family.

Six short, engaging and shareable cartoons focus on the following themes:
How families can transform the world; Love and Mercy; Families living as a reflection of the Trinity; Love and imperfection; Families and consumerism; Families living in a digital age.

The animations have been created by Kieran O’Brien who is the director of the digital storytelling agency Ministory, based in Cardiff, Wales. His previous work includes a series of digital animations on Pope Francis’ encyclical letter on care for our common home Laudato Si’.

Four additional animations, created specifically for children, will be launched at the World Meeting of Families 2018 Pastoral Congress in the RDS in August.

These concentrate on the following themes of Love: the importance of saying Please, Thank You and I’m Sorry; the importance of spending time together; the value of loving what we have and how love is found in the little things; and how best we can show love and reach out in love.

The Amoris Animations are available in English, Italian, Spanish and French and can be viewed here..

‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ – TV Series
This new six-part television series has also just been launched as we approach the final month of preparations for WMOF2018.

The series features a wide variety of well-known commentators, as well as families from all walks of life and from all over the world. Contributors include Cardinal Luis Antonio Tagle, President of Caritas International; Jeff Cavins, author and speaker; Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland; Bishop Robert Barron, Auxiliary Bishop of Los Angeles; John and Clare Gabrowski, Pontifical Council for the Family; Sr Consilio, Cuan Mhuire; and Pat and Susan Keenan of Retrouvaille Ireland.

Through the six episodes, the participants reflect on what Amoris Laetitia has to say to families as they experience the ups and downs of family life and how Pope Francis addresses key themes like imperfection, mercy and the wider society while also offering an uplifting vision for the family. The episodes focus on the following themes:
Reality: The reality and challenges of family life today
Vision: God’s dream for love in our families
Love is: A reflection on St Paul’s letter as a foundation for marriage
Social: Love reaching out in solidarity
Mercy: Accompanying families who are struggling
Go Forth: How families can go forth in their families and in the world

‘A Journey through Amoris Laetitia’ is available on https://amoris.ie/tv/. The series is also being broadcast internationally through a range of broadcast partners including Salt and Light TV, Catholic TV, EWTN and Shalom TV.