World Meeting of Families 2022
The 10th World Meeting of Families is taking place this week from 22 – 26 June in Rome on the theme, ‘Family love: a vocation and a path to holiness.’ The delegation from Ireland includes family members led by the President of the Bishops’ Conference, Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh, and the chair of the Council for Marriage & Family, Bishop Denis Nulty of Kildare & Leighlin.
Ireland hosted the 9th World Meeting of Families in August 2018 which was attended by Pope Francis, and tens of thousands of people from home and abroad.
This year’s World Meeting of Families has been adapted to suit the post-pandemic world and therefore will be smaller in terms of the numbers with just 2,000 delegates gathered in Rome. But, it is still possible for families across Ireland to be part of the event by joining in online as we became accustomed to doing during the pandemic. All of the gatherings that are part of this year’s World Meeting will be live-streamed.
The Irish delegation have also taken the prayers and intentions of Irish families with them to Rome and asked that our delegation in Rome be remembered in prayer in our parishes at home, especially this coming weekend.
A special pastoral kit has been prepared and is available on www.catholicbishops.ie for parishes wishing to organise something locally.
See https://url6b.mailanyone.net/v1/?m=1o3wMS-000261-68&i=57e1b682&c=DXkLbb_QhbKxNKQHBIrmeIOOHrc5VCf0el6cQcsGt9YzuZLhnMI_03ubyft45XA37ImIHPz2040uKgwh8l51cnXaVmCzL9VxWvgrQGsmtj9jdBZrgeOFB7cKq5ee6VelZgJs4hFV0I8mENFjH-lZ33asE3E08c-nz2DKkboB1wR6NBJuyW3Exq02t1MUZ1dp8LbPmeVW49cXIZrEUKe0hA and the Vatican Media channels to access the live-stream of the events, which are as follows,
the ‘Festival of Families’ will take place this evening, Wednesday 22 June;
the Pastoral Congress will take place Thursday, Friday and Saturday 23, 24 and 25 June;
the Closing Mass will be on the evening of Saturday 25 June; and
the Angelus and ‘Mandate to Families’ from Pope Francis will be shared on the morning of Sunday 26 June.
To follow the events in Rome see https://url6b.mailanyone.net/v1/?m=1o3wMS-000261-68&i=57e1b682&c=DXkLbb_QhbKxNKQHBIrmeIOOHrc5VCf0el6cQcsGt9YzuZLhnMI_03ubyft45XA37ImIHPz2040uKgwh8l51cnXaVmCzL9VxWvgrQGsmtj9jdBZrgeOFB7cKq5ee6VelZgJs4hFV0I8mENFjH-lZ33asE3E08c-nz2DKkboB1wR6NBJuyW3Exq02t1MUZ1dp8LbPmeVW49cXIZrEUKe0hA.
You will also find below a family prayer for use this weekend at Masses. Attached are copies of the pastoral kit, the programme and a letter from Rome asking that we join in locally.