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Sunday, 20 September 2020

World Meeting of Families

World Meeting of Families, Dublin 2018


On July 26, 2018 An Post will release stamps to celebrate the World Meeting of Families Congress visit to Ireland.

Every three years the World Meeting of Families Congress meets to celebrate the family as the cornerstone of people’s lives and the fundamentals of society and the Catholic Church.

It is organised by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life and the most recent Congress, in 2015, took place in Philadelphia. The first took place in Rome while other host cities have included Rio de Janeiro, Manila, Valencia, Mexico City and Milan. Pope Francis has chosen Dublin to host the ninth World Meeting of Families and he is expected to attend here in person.

It all begins in Dublin on Tuesday, August 21 with a national launch which will take place across all 26 dioceses across Ireland, followed by a three-day congress on “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”.

Throughout the five days of the event there will be full calendars of liturgical experiences and cultural functions, testimonies, lectures, workshops, special Masses and concerts, together with opening and closing celebrations. The main events of the WMOF2018 will take place in the Royal Dublin Society (RDS), a large conference venue, in Croke Park Stadium and in the Phoenix Park, as well as in other venues in and around the city.