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The next World Meeting of Families will focus on holiness in married vocation

The Vatican announced Friday that the next World Meeting of Families will focus on the vocation of married life as... Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter's Square for a Jubilee of Mercy audience June 18, 2016.

Families are called to unity, Pope Francis says

Divorce and separation may be common, but the model families should strive after is unity, and people should not forget... Read more

Pope Francis meets with the bishops of Ireland during the 2018 World Meeting of Families.

The truth frees us, pope tells Irish bishops

During his last stop in Dublin Sunday, Pope Francis met with the bishops of Ireland, telling them to take encouragement... Read more

Pope Francis at Knock Shrine Aug. 26, 2018.

Pope Francis prays for Irish people in visit to Knock

On Sunday during a quick visit to Knock Shrine in county Mayo, Pope Francis entrusted the Irish people to the... Read more

Pope Francis addresses the Festival of Families at the 2018 World Meeting of Families.

Be a 'beacon of joy,' Francis tells families in Ireland

Pope Francis encouraged attendees at an evening festival for the World Meeting of Families to radiate joy into the world... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Mass in St. Peter's Basilica on September 2, 2015.

Pope Francis meets with abuse survivors in Ireland

Pope Francis met early Saturday evening with eight abuse victims in Ireland, during his visit to the country for the... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to young married couples in Mary's Pro-Cathedral in Dublin Aug. 25, 2018.

Pope in Ireland: Parents are the first example of faith for children

The first place children learn the faith is in the home, following the good example of their parents, Pope Francis... Read more

Pope Francis speaks to Irish authorities during a trip to Dublin Aug. 25.

In Ireland, Pope Francis decries failure of bishops in abuse scandal

In Ireland on Saturday, Pope Francis said the anger of Catholics at bishops’ failure in response to the sexual abuse... Read more

Cardinal recounts heroic hope of families facing atrocities in Syria

In a keynote address at the World Meeting of Families on Friday, Cardinal Mario Zenari outlined the atrocities lived by... Read more

Marie Collins, former member of the Pontifical Commission for the Protection of Minors, speaks at a panel at the 2018 World Meeting of Families.

Write ‘zero-tolerance’ into canon law says abuse survivor

Canon law should be re-written to institute a global zero-tolerance policy against priests who commit sexual abuse, a clerical abuse... Read more

Fr. James Martin, SJ.

Fr. James Martin critiques 'homophobic' pastors at WMOF

Fr. James Martin, SJ addressed Thursday more than 1,000 people at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin.  Read more

Family love teaches the world about God's love, says cardinal

Love in the family is the first step to teaching the world about the love of God, said Cardinal João... Read more

Cardinal Vincent Nichols of Westminster delivers a keynote address at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Aug. 23, 2018.

Cardinal Nichols: Marriage prep should make clear the nature of marriage

To couples seeking marriage, the Church needs both to be welcoming and to present a “clear vision” of the sacrament,... Read more

Archbishop Martin: Family is part of Church's 'good news' for the world

God’s plan for the family may sometimes feel countercultural, but it is nevertheless part of the Church’s “good news” for... Read more

Cardinal Oswald Gracias of Bombay celebrates Mass in Dublin Aug. 22 for the World Meeting of Families.

The Holy Family is a bright light in dark times, cardinal says

In the face of attacks on the family, the Church should strive to imitate the Holy Family, which shines through... Read more

Christ Church Cathedral (Holy Trinity) in Dublin, Ireland.

Walking the 'Dublin Camino' at the World Meeting of Families

Participants in the World Meeting of Families have been invited to walk the “Dublin Camino,” a seven-church “Pilgrim Walk” throughout... Read more

St. Eugene’s Cathedral in Derry.

Irish bishop: Church must be unafraid to engage difficult questions

Faced with daunting cultural challenges, the Church must engage in difficult discussions rather than seeking quick answers, said Bishop Donal... Read more

Pope Francis at the General Audience in St. Peter's Square, May 2, 2018.

Francis hopes Ireland visit will bring unity, reconciliation

Pope Francis said in a video message to the Irish people Tuesday he hopes his visit will bring about unity... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in St. Peter's Square for the general audience Sept. 21, 2016.

Pope likely to meet with abuse victims in Dublin

Pope Francis is likely to meet with victims of clerical sexual abuse later this week, a papal spokesman announced on... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl. CNA file photo

Wuerl cancels World Meeting of Families appearance

The Archbishop of Washington has cancelled his scheduled participation at the Church’s World Meeting of Families, which will be held... Read more