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World Meeting of Families 2018

Candles of Atonement to mark Day of Prayer for Survivors of Abuse

Lighting the candles of atonement will bring to mind those who have been left “with lifelong suffering as a result of abuse, whose trust was so deeply betrayed and whose faith has been so cruelly tested within the sanctity of the Church”.

2019.02.12.

Archbishop says Irish Church needs to reflect “with urgency” on the future

The Church in Ireland must work towards becoming “more authentically the Church of Jesus Christ in a culture that is different”.

2018.09.09.

Special Twitter emoji for Pope’s visit to Ireland

It features an image of Pope Francis in front of the Irish flag. Another emoji will feature the Pope in front of Knock Shrine.

2018.08.14.

Parish is your best bet if you still need ticket to the Pope

There will be no further allocation of tickets to the Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park and the public will not gain access without a ticket, say WMOF organisers.

2018.07.13.

Less than 20,000 tickets left for papal Mass in the Phoenix Park

As of Monday morning, over 480,000 tickets out of 500,000 had been booked for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families 2018.

2018.07.03.

Musicians and choirs meet in Maynooth

More than 100 singers and musicians from around the country are attending the summer school, which runs from Wednesday 27th June to Saturday 30th June.

2018.06.28.

Pope will visit Capuchin Day Centre in Dublin in August

Homeless clients “very excited” and can’t believe pontiff is coming to visit them, says Brother Kevin Crowley.

2018.05.19.

Pope’s visit should be more than celebrity concert: Jesuit theologian

It may be centuries before another pope comes to Ireland as the axis of influence in the Church has shifted to the Southern hemisphere, says Bishop of Limerick.

2018.03.23.

Pope Francis to visit Ireland

We are deeply honoured that Pope Francis will come to our country to participate in this universal Church celebration of faith and joy, as well as of the contemporary challenges which face families. - Irish Bishops

2018.03.21.

Pope to receive WMOF2018 ‘Icon of the Holy Family’ today

Papal visit to Ireland expected to be confirmed as two Irish families set to meet the Pontiff at general audience today.

2018.03.21.

National Collection for World Meeting of Families this weekend

Former 'Dragon' Norah Casey is taking on the task of raising funds for the Pope’s visit

2018.02.24.

More couples attend ACCORD pre-marriage courses

“From strong marriages come strong families, and from strong families comes a strong society,” - Bishop Nulty

2018.02.14.

Pope Francis is Ireland’s ‘most popular world leader’

RTÉ survey shows 47% of Irish people would like to attend Mass with him during his hoped for visit to Ireland.

2017.12.30.

6% to 20% of parishioners active in deepening faith

The parish is not an “outdated institution” because it has flexibility and can assume different “contours” depending on the missionary nature of pastor and community.

2017.12.06.

Making ‘Laudato Si’ a lived reality

The 'Greening of the Church' must come from both the top and the bottom.

2017.12.01.

Get designing – you have a month!

Artists have until 20th December to enter vestment design competition.

2017.11.25.

Miles for Mission walk in Phoenix Park

The Archbishop highlighted the importance of events like Miles for Mission in raising awareness of overseas mission.

2017.10.19.

Ploughing offers encounters and time for pause

“It is an occasion where hundreds of thousands of people gather. Wherever people gather is the place to be and it is what Pope Francis wants us to do – to get out and be out among the people,” says Bishop Fintan Monahan.

2017.09.21.

World Meeting of Families recruits volunteers at Ploughing

The most asked question at the Ploughing was “Is Pope Francis coming to Ireland?” That has not been confirmed yet – not even by Bishops Denis Nulty and Fintan Monahan who visited the World Meeting of Families 2018 stand on the first day.

2017.09.21.

Mercy Day celebration marks anniversary

"On the 24th (September) we always have Mercy Day celebrations. But this year on our 190th anniversary of the founding of the house, we will live stream to the ‘Mercy family’, so to speak. We are in 44 countries of the world.. "

2017.09.20.

All set for Family Picnic Day at Punchestown

Child of Prague statue is out and “Hail, rain, snow or sunshine the picnic is on this Sunday, and it’s going to be great,” says Bishop of Kildare and Leighlin Denis Nulty.

2017.08.25.

Religious art competition launched

“As religious art, these works must awaken awareness of Christ’s presence in us and to us in our home environment. They must speak of the timeless Christian values of love, forgiveness, redemption and everlasting life” – Brian Quinn.

2017.07.27.

Families Matter in advance of world meeting

It has made me stop and think as a parent how to best live out the gospel.

2017.04.20.

Knock Shrine widens appeal

New programme includes topics that are engaging, relevant and challenging.

2017.02.22.

Vouchers for love on Valentine’s Day!

World meeting of Families 2018 offers free ‘gift vouchers’ to help you make a gift of yourself and enrich your love on Saint Valentine’s Day (14 February) .

2017.02.12.

Senator calls for Pope Francis to address Leinster House

Aidan Davitt urges the Government and Department of Foreign Affairs to work with Church figures to arrange for Pope Francis to speak to both Houses of the Oireachtas

2017.01.28.

Coming to Ireland for WMF2018 is Pope’s intention

Archbishop Martin recalls Pope telling him “There is something about the message of the synod and something about the difficulty Ireland has gone through that offers me an opportunity to say things I want to say about the family.”

2017.01.18.
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