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Irish archbishop: 2018 families meeting to include concrete ideas

The Archbishop of Dublin has said that the next World Meeting of Families, which takes place in Ireland in August 2018, would be about developing “concrete ideas for the renewal of marriage and family in our Irish Church and society.”

Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, president of WMF2018, officially launched preparations on 22nd October. The theme chosen by Pope Francis for the World Meeting is ‘The Gospel of the Family – Joy for the World’.

Acknowledging that there is “no such thing as the ideal family,” Archbishop Martin said that did not mean “we renounce presenting an ideal, which men and women and young people can aspire to and hope to achieve.”

In his remarks, he referred to recent comments by Quebec Cardinal Gerald Lacroix, who told Canadian Catholic News in October that he was disappointed over the media’s sole focus on the questions of Communion for the divorced and remarried and homosexuality in Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation after the Synod of Bishops on the family. Archbishop Martin said Amoris Laetitia would provide the framework for the World Meeting of Families.

The archbishop said focusing on those issues in an isolated way had resulted in people not seeing the creative pastoral approach that Pope Francis wishes the Church to use when dealing with these issues.

Picture: Archbishops Eamon Martin of Armagh, Northern Ireland, and Diarmuid Martin of Dublin chat during anews conference on 22nd October after launching the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin. (CNS photo/John Mc Elroy).