The fourth national collection for the World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place in parishes across Ireland this weekend, 16–17 July. This will be the first such collection since the formal confirmation of the presence of Pope Francis in Ireland in August.
Ahead of the weekend collection, the president of the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, said, ‘It is an honour for Dublin to host this event of the universal Church. The eyes of the world will be on our city and country. Thousands of overseas visitors are planning to attend and hundreds of international media outlets are coming to Ireland to cover this global event. We have to honour the Pope by hosting an event that will reflect our country at its best.’
‘I appreciate the generosity that people have shown so far in the preparations for the World Meeting of Families and I ask for particular generosity as the event draws near,’ Archbishop Martin said.
Earlier this week, following the Summer General Meeting of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference in Maynooth, bishops offered prayers for the success of WMOF 2018 saying, ‘with God’s help, this very special pastoral initiative will present all of us in the Church with the opportunity, and the challenge, to renew, support and strengthen Irish families in their commitment to their faith.’
The ninth World Meeting of Families will take place in Dublin this year from 21–26 August on the theme “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. The full itinerary for Pope Francis’ visit, as well as more details on the WMOF Pastoral Congress, can be found on www.worldmeeting2018.ie.