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Pope Francis meets with deacons and their families at the Vatican on June 19, 2021

Pope Francis: A family that remains open to life builds history

“Dear friends, the family is alive if it finds itself united in prayer," the pope said in a message ahead... Read more

Vatican announces launch of Catholic ‘global compact’ on the family

The project is part of the Amoris Laetitia Family Year. Read more

Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik, S.J., with the official image of the 10th World Meeting of Families in Rome.

Vatican unveils official image of 2022 World Meeting of Families

The image was created by the Slovenian Jesuit Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik. Read more

The official logo of the 2022 World Meeting of Families in Rome.

Pope Francis: 2022 World Meeting of Families will include local gatherings

The pope said the meeting would be “a worldwide event that can involve all the families.” Read more

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, prefect of the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.

Vatican unveils official prayer of 2022 World Meeting of Families

The 10th World Meeting of Families will take place June 22-26, 2022. Read more

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