Vatican City, Jan 25, 2018 / 12:08 pm
Cardinal Kevin Farrell is in charge of the World Meeting of Families being held in August, and he has said he hopes the event will revitalize family life, both in Ireland and around the world.
The World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place in Dublin Aug. 21-26.
The prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life told CNA Jan. 25 that Ireland has a long tradition of family life, though this culture has suffered in the country in recent decades, and is not “as expressive as it was in the past.”
“I hope that [the World Meeting of Families] will bring family values back to life again,” he said.
His desire, he noted, is that everyone who participates will leave with the knowledge that they are not alone, but that there are “similar families from all over the world, who are gathered together, searching for how best we can truly live out and promote human love, marriage, and family life in our society.”
“I think that anybody that ever travels to Ireland is always overcome by the friendliness of the people, and I’m sure people who travel from outside of Ireland will be made to feel very much at home at this world encounter of families,” he said.
Cardinal Farrell was born in Ireland, and has served as the inaugural prefect of the dicastery since it was established in 2016.
The theme of the World Meeting of Families this year is “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. The topic was chosen by Pope Francis, and is based on his 2016 apostolic exhortation on love in the family, Amoris laetitia.