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Fr. James Martin, SJ.

Fr. James Martin critiques 'homophobic' pastors at WMOF

Aug 23, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Aug 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 23, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 22, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 22, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 22, 2018

By Christine Rousselle

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

Aug 21, 2018

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

Aug 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 21, 2018

By Hannah Brockhaus

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

Aug 18, 2018

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

New pope emojis will mark Francis’ visit to Ireland

Aug 9, 2018

Twitter users will have access to special emojis commemorating Pope Francis’ visit to the Ireland later this month, the Irish... Read more

Dublin archdiocese seeks 4,000 Eucharistic ministers for papal Mass

Jul 20, 2018

By Elise Harris

With less than a month to go until Pope Francis visits Dublin for the World Meeting of Families, organizers are... Read more

Fr. James Martin, SJ.

Fr. James Martin to give keynote at World Meeting of Families

Jun 12, 2018

The World Meeting of Families being held in Dublin this August will include a presentation from American author Fr. James... Read more

Pope Francis at the Divine Mercy Vigil in St. Peter's Square April 2, 2016.

Pope Francis will travel to Dublin Aug. 25-26 for family gathering

Mar 21, 2018

By Elise Harris

During his Wednesday general audience Pope Francis was presented with the official icon for the World Meeting of Families, announcing... Read more

Irish minister Katherine Zappone.

Irish official warns against LGBT exclusion at World Meeting of Families

Mar 5, 2018

Ahead of the upcoming World Meeting of Families in Ireland this August, a government minister has warned that the event... Read more

General Audience with Pope Francis, April 17, 2013.

Teen pleads guilty over plot to kill Pope during US visit

Apr 4, 2017

On Monday, 17 year-old Santos Colon of Lindenwold, New Jersey pleaded guilty to charges related to a plot to kill... Read more

Pope Francis kisses a child in St. Peter's Square for the general audience, Dec. 9, 2015.

Love must be core of family life, Pope says ahead of World Meeting of Families

Mar 30, 2017

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis issued a message ahead of the 2018 World Meeting of Families (WMOF), saying couples and families should root... Read more

Here's what the next World Meeting of Families will focus on

May 25, 2016

By Ann Schneible

“The Gospel of family, joy for the world.” This is the theme for the 2018 World Meeting of Families in... Read more

Pope Francis arrives in Philadelphia in a Fiat. Courtesy of the World Meeting of Families Philadelphia 2015/J. DiGidijunis.

The car Pope Francis used in Philly is up for auction

Jan 21, 2016

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia and World Meeting of Families have announced that they have a unique way to raise money... Read more

Sonia Maria Crespo de Illingworth, author of the thank you letter to Pope Francis, speaks at the 2015 World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia.

Families tell Pope Francis 'thank you' with a renewed commitment to marriage

Sep 30, 2015

In response to Pope Francis’ ongoing encouragement of marriage, an Ecuadorian lay woman has penned a simple thank you letter... Read more