Pope Francis urges families to discover God’s love and be generous, forgiving, patient, helpful and respectful.
Family life will be better if people use the words “please,” “thank you,” and “I’m sorry” every day, he said, and the world will be a better place if the Church reaches out to the imperfect and the wounded.
The pope’s reflection was part of a letter to Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, which is helping plan the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, from 21st to 26th August 2018. The Vatican released the text of the pope’s letter on 30th March.
When asked about the pope’s plans to attend the event next year, Cardinal Farrell told reporters at a Vatican news conference, “We hope. I can’t say absolutely” since it depends on the pope’s schedule, but the pope has expressed his desire to go.
The letter was meant to help Catholic families and parishes around the world prepare for the gathering, which will focus on the theme, ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. The pope said he hoped the event would help families reflect on and share his apostolic exhortation, Amoris Laetitia.
Picture: This is a promotional image for World Meeting of Families to be held from 21st to 26th August 2018, in Dublin. The theme of the meeting is ‘The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World’. (CNS illustration/World Meeting of Families).