This weekend marks the first anniversary of Pope Francis’ visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families 2018.
Families from 116 countries participated in the WMOF2018 and went home with much food for thought from the words and actions of Pope Francis while he was with us in Ireland at the 9th World Meeting of Families
The World Meeting was guided by the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.
Held every three years, this major international event brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church.
The WMOF2018 had the following key moments:
21 August 2018, a National Opening of WMOF2018, which took place simultaneously in all the different dioceses of Ireland.
22 to the 24 August 2018, a three-day Congress in the RDS which included an enriching programme for adults of keynote speakers, workshops, talks, testimonies and discussions; an engaging and exciting programme for young people as well as fun activities for children. The Congress will also include daily celebration of the Eucharist, prayerful activities, exhibitions, cultural events and musical performances.
The Festival of Families on Saturday 25 August 2018, which comprised a reflective concert style event within a prayerful and joyful atmosphere, in which personal stories of faith were shared by families from all continents.
The Closing Mass of WMOF2018 on Sunday 26 August 2018 in the Phoenix Park, Dublin which gathered thousands of people from Ireland and all over the world.
Pope Francis arrived in Ireland on Saturday 25 August and departed again on Sunday 26 August.