So it’s official. Pope Francis has confirmed that he will be making a trip to Ireland to attend the upcoming World Meeting of Families in August.
Yesterday, he received a delegation from Ireland and blessed an icon of the Holy Family, where he confirmed his intention to visit Dublin for the final days of the World Meeting of Families.
The Pope chose the city of Dublin to host the world meeting, which will be based on the theme, "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World". This international meeting is held every three years and brings families from around the world to celebrate, pray, and reflect on the importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of people's lives. The last World Meeting of Families was held in Philadelphia in 2015.
We are now on day four of the Pre-synod meetings taking place in Rome where youth from all over the world have come to talk candidly with Pope Francis about the future of the Catholic Church. The main themes from the discussions and the working groups with the Pope are now coming to light. Our friends at CNS takes us behind the scenes and talk to a few of the delegates who express their thoughts on how the meetings are going thus far.
Earlier today, our very own Emilie Callan, one of the delegates representing Canada, sent in this greeting from Rome!
I will have more from the Pre-Synod meeting for you on Monday so be sure to stay tuned.
Today, March 22nd is World Water Day. “Nature for Water” is the theme for this years 2018 celebration and the Pope has often contributed to this theme. He has spoken many times, emphasizing that the availability and care of the world’s water sources must be a global priority. And tonight I leave you with highlights of the Pope’s thoughts on this theme.
That is all that we have time for this week. Join us again on Monday, when I bring you more news and stories from the Perspective of a Catholic Lens.