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World Meeting of Families’ congress to centre on Amoris Laetitia

Some of the Church’s best-known prelates have been lined up to expound on Church teachings on the family for the ninth World Meeting of Families.

On 28th February, organisers of the international gathering, to be held in Dublin from 21st to 26th August, unveiled the preliminary program for the Pastoral Congress, from 22nd to 24th August. The festival of families will be held on 25th August, followed by the final outdoor Mass in Dublin’s Phoenix Park on 26th August. The Vatican has not confirmed that Pope Francis will attend.

Brenda Drumm, media and communications manager for the World Meeting of Families, told Catholic News Service that the decision to release the preliminary program, with the titles of the pastoral congress’ panel sessions and workshops, was due to pressure from would-be participants eager to find out what the lineup is. Thousands of families from overseas are expected to travel to Ireland for the event.

The Pastoral Congress will offer a daily program of workshops and discussions at the Royal Dublin Society, the location of the 2012 International Eucharistic Congress. All of the themes chosen for workshops and panel sessions relate to issues dealt with in Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love), Pope Francis’ 2016 apostolic exhortation, written after two synods of bishops on the family.

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).