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Itinerary of Pope Francis for his pastoral visit

The Holy See Press Office published today (11.00 am Irish time) the itinerary of the Holy Father Pope Francis for his pastoral visit to the 9th World Meeting of Families in Ireland (WMOF) on 25 and 26 August.  Please see details of Pope Francis’ itinerary below.

Apostolic journey of His Holiness Pope Francis to Ireland on the occasion of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin 25-26 August 2018

Saturday 25 August 2018ROMA-DUBLIN
08:15Departure by plane from Rome/Fiumicino for Dublin
10:30Arrival at Dublin International Airport
10:45Transfer to Áras an Uachtaráin
11:15Arrival at the Presidential Residence
WELCOME CEREMONY in front of the main entrance of the Residence
11:30COURTESY VISIT TO THE PRESIDENT in the Presidential Residence
12:00Transfer to Dublin Castle
12:10Arrival at Dublin Castle
15:30Arrival at St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral
 VISIT to the CATHEDRALGreeting of the Holy Father
16:15Transfer to the Day Centre of the Capuchin Fathers
19:30Arrival at Croke Park Stadium
19:45FEAST OF FAMILIES in Croke Park StadiumSpeech of the Holy Father
Sunday 26 August 2018


08:40Departure by plane for Knock
09:20Arrival at the Airport in KnockImmediate transfer to the Shrine
09:45Arrival at Knock Shrine
 VISIT to the CHAPEL of Knock Shrine
 ANGELUS on the square in front of the ShrineAngelus of the Holy Father
10:45Transfer to the airport in Knock
11:10Arrival at the airport in Knock
11:15Departure by plane for Dublin
11:50Arrival at Dublin International Airport
Lunch with the Papal Delegation
14:30Arrival at Phoenix Park
15:00HOLY MASS in Phoenix ParkHomily of the Holy Father
 MEETING WITH THE BISHOPS in the Convent of the Dominican SistersSpeech of the Holy Father
18:30Arrival at Dublin International Airport
18:45Departure by plane for Roma/Ciampino
23:00Arrival at the Airport of Roma/Ciampino

Highlights from the Pastoral Programme for the 9th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) in Dublin from 21 to 24 August 2018 

  • Of the 200 announced speakers, 91 are lay women, 65 are lay men and 44 are Clergy/Religious.
  • The largest group are couples. This a lay-led, couples-led programme.
  • It is an international programme, with speakers from all five main continents of the world.
  • Amoris Laetitia is the guiding theme of all three days of the Pastoral Congress and of all the topics chosen.
  • This is the first WMOF to have a specific workshop on Safeguarding.
  • Other themes include:
    • The future of marriage preparation in Parishes.
    • Finding new ways of the joy of commitment and sacramental marriage in today’s culture.
    • The challenges of handing on faith in the home today.
    • Finding new language to affirm the joy, beauty and goodness of sexual love within marriage.
    • The importance of solidarity between the generations in family.
    • Exploring the impact of technology on the family.
    • Exploring the key role of the family in caring for ‘our common home’, the earth.
    • Looking at the relationship between business and the family.
    • Exploring the relationship between sport and the family.
    • What does Pope Francis mean by the ‘Throwaway Culture?’ (Address by Cardinal Tagle).
    • The link between the family and the forthcoming Synod on Vocational Discernment.
    • Looking at key challenges faced by many families today, including:
      • Homelessness
      • Addiction
      • Domestic Violence
      • Displacement as Migrants and Refugees.
      • Disability.
      • Separation and Divorce.
    • Exploring how Parishes can support those families with members who identify as LGBTI+ (presentation by James Martin SJ)
    • The joy of belonging to a family reflect in contemporary interest in our genealogies.
    • The vocation of fatherhood in today’s world.
    • There will be fun cookery demonstrations with faith and family themes.

Some additional speakers/panellists will be announced over coming weeks, particularly in the area of technology and the family and the family and sport.

  • Registrations are going extremely well with almost 30,000 already registered. This is the largest of any WMOF.
  • Of these almost 6,000 are 18 years old and under. The largest of any WMOF and the reason for an enhanced Teen & Children’s programme.
  • More than a quarter are couples aged from 29-40. Young families are clearly registering for the event.
  • Over 11,000 of those registered are international. The largest of any WMOF. 103 countries are represented.
  • There are already 5,500 volunteers with one day volunteers still needed for the Mass in Phoenix Park.

Note: People need to register soon, if they wish to attend the RDS.  Organisers may have to close registration in advance of the event because of demand.

See link to full Press Release information from  Irish Catholic Bishops Conference – HERE



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