Saint Colette


Saint of the Day for February 7


(January 13, 1381 – March 6, 1447)






Saint Colette’s Story




Colette did not seek the limelight, but in doing God’s will she certainly attracted a lot of attention. Colette was born in Corbie, France. At 21, she began to follow the Third Order Rule and became an anchoress, a woman walled into a room whose only opening was a window into a church.




After four years of prayer and penance in this cell, she left it. With the approval and encouragement of the pope, she joined the Poor Clares and reintroduced the primitive Rule of St. Clare in the 17 monasteries she established. Her sisters were known for their poverty—they rejected any fixed income—and for their perpetual fast. Colette’s reform movement spread to other countries and is still thriving today. Colette was canonized in 1807.


By Courtney Mares


Vatican City, Jan 24, 2020 / 09:20 am (CNA).- As the March for Life got underway in Washington, DC, Pope Francis and Vice President Mike Pence met in the Vatican Friday to discuss the Church's commitment to the pro-life movement.


"It was a great privilege to spend time with Pope Francis and to be able to do so on a day that literally hundreds of thousands of Americans, including many Catholic Americans, are gathered on our National Mall in Washington D.C. standing up for the right to life, was a particular joy for me,” Pence told EWTN News Jan. 24.


First Things has comprehensively demolished the new Netflix movie The Two Popes, starring Anthony Hopkins as a grumpy Pope Benedict and Jonathan Pryce as a radiant Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio, today known as Pope Francis. Netflix is spending huge sums trying to win Oscar nominations for the picture, which was directed by the acclaimed Brazilian Fernando Meirelles. (Netflix is spending huge sums on a lot of things this season.)




If you don’t write about movies for a living, you may be under the impression that filmmakers telling stories about real people make at least some vague gestures in the direction of truth. You would be wrong. The movie is about Bergoglio contemplating retirement but instead being summoned to see Pope Benedict in the Vatican. The two then spend days together becoming friends and Benedict tells Bergoglio he is going to resign and anoint Bergoglio as his successor.




None of this happened. The whole movie is fiction. As John Waters writes in First Things:


By Courtney Mares


Vatican City, Dec 25, 2019 / 05:30 am (CNA).- On Christmas, Pope Francis prayed for Christ to bring light to the instability in Iraq, Lebanon, Venezuela, Yemen, Ukraine, Burkina Faso, and other parts of the world experiencing conflict.






By Kevin Jones


Dublin, Ireland, Oct 24, 2017 / 03:11 am ().- Prayer, reparation, and praising God are the focus of a new Benedictine priory in Ireland, which focuses especially on reparation for the sins of priests.


Saint Andrew Dung-Lac and Companions’ Story


Andrew Dung-Lac, a Catholic convert ordained to the priesthood, was one of 117 people martyred in Vietnam between 1820 and 1862. Members of the companions group gave their lives for Christ in the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries, and received beatification during four different occasions between 1900 and 1951. All were canonized during the papacy of Saint John Paul II.


POPE in Thailand; Thirty-five years after St. John Paul II became the first pope to visit Thailand, Francis is marking the 350th anniversary of the creation of a stable apostolic vicariate in Thailand, then known as Siam, after Dominican missionaries first brought the faith in 1567, followed by members of Francis’ own Jesuit order.


When Melissa Villalobos first heard about Cardinal John Henry Newman, she had no idea the pivotal role he would play in her life, nor the pivotal role she would play in his cause for sainthood. The Catholic wife and mother from Chicago stumbled into a show about Newman on EWTN “just by accident” in 2000, while she was getting ready for work and ironing her clothes. She was struck by what the show had to say about him.






By Courtney Mares




Vatican City, Oct 11, 2019 / 03:01 am (CNA).- Pope Francis will canonize four women alongside John Henry Newman this Sunday. These women -- a stigmatist, a mystic, a Roman orphan, and Nobel Peace prize nominee -- also proclaimed Christ through their lives and their miracles in a unique way.




Here below is the full text of Pope Francis’ homily delivered today at the canonization of Saints John Henry Newman (1801-1890), Giuseppina Vannini (1859-1911), Mariam Thresia Chiramel Mankidiyan (1876-1926), Dulce Lopes Pontes (1914-1992), Margherita Bays (1815-1879):


“Your faith has saved you” (Lk 17:19). This is the climax of today’s Gospel, which reflects the journey of faith. There are three steps in this journey of faith. We see them in the actions of the lepers whom Jesus heals. They cry out, they walk and they give thanks.










Blessed Marie-Rose Durocher’s Story


Canada was one diocese from coast to coast during the first eight years of Marie-Rose Durocher’s life. Its half-million Catholics had received civil and religious liberty from the English only 44 years before.


She was born in a little village near Montreal in 1811, the 10th of 11 children. She had a good education, was something of a tomboy, rode a horse named Caesar,


CANONISATION OF BLESSED JOHN HENRY NEWMAN was on Sunday last 13th Oct 2019: His prayer for perseverance. ‘May Christ support us all day long, Till shades lengthen, And evening comes, And the busy world is hushed, And a fever of life is over and our work is done. Then in His mercy, may He give us a safe lodging    A holy rest and peace at last’.  Amen. 


Saint Gregory the Great’s Story




Gregory was the prefect of Rome before he was 30. After five years in office he resigned, founded six monasteries on his Sicilian estate, and became a Benedictine monk in his own home at Rome.




Ordained a priest, Gregory became one of the pope’s seven deacons, and also served six years in the East as papal representative in Constantinople. He was recalled to become abbot, but at the age of 50 was elected pope by the clergy and people of Rome.


A prayer for our earth




All powerful God,


You are present in the universe


and in the smallest of your creatures.


You embrace with Your tenderness all that exists.


Pour out upon us the power of your love,


that we may protect life and beauty.


Fill us with your peace, that we may live


as brothers and sisters, harming no one.


O God of the poor,


help us to rescue the abandoned


and forgotten of this earth,


so precious in Your eyes.


Bring healing to our lives,


that we may protect the world and not prey on it,


that we may sow beauty,


not pollution and destruction.


Touch the hearts


of those who look only for gain


at the expense of the poor and the earth.


Teach us to discover the worth of each thing,


to be filled with awe and contemplation,


to recognize that we are profoundly united


with every creature


as we journey towards your infinite light.


We thank You for being with us each day.


Encourage us, we pray, in our struggle,


for justice, love and peace.


(By Pope Francis)


Saint of the Day for August 21


(June 2, 1835 – August 20, 1914)






Saint Pius X’s Story




Pope Pius X is perhaps best remembered for his encouragement of the frequent reception of Holy Communion, especially by children.




The second of 10 children in a poor Italian family, Joseph Sarto became Pius X at age 68. He was one of the 20th century’s greatest popes.




Ever mindful of his humble origin, Pope Pius stated, “I was born poor, I lived poor, I will die poor.” He was embarrassed by some of the pomp of the papal court. “Look how they have dressed me up,” he said in tears to an old friend. To another, “It is a penance to be forced to accept all these practices. They lead me around surrounded by soldiers like Jesus when he was seized in Gethsemani.”




Interested in politics, Pope Pius encouraged Italian Catholics to become more politically involved. One of his first papal acts was to end the supposed right of governments to interfere by veto in papal elections—a practice that reduced the freedom of the 1903 conclave which had elected him.




In 1905, when France renounced its agreement with the Holy See and threatened confiscation of Church property if governmental control of Church affairs were not granted, Pius X courageously rejected the demand.




While he did not author a famous social encyclical as his predecessor had done, he denounced the ill treatment of indigenous peoples on the plantations of Peru, sent a relief commission to Messina after an earthquake, and sheltered refugees at his own expense.




On the 11th anniversary of his election as pope, Europe was plunged into World War I. Pius had foreseen it, but it killed him. “This is the last affliction the Lord will visit on me. I would gladly give my life to save my poor children from this ghastly scourge.” He died a few weeks after the war began, and was canonized in 1954.






His humble background was no obstacle in relating to a personal God and to people whom he loved genuinely. Pius X gained his strength, his gentleness and warmth for people from the source of all gifts, the Spirit of Jesus. In contrast, we often feel embarrassed by our backgrounds. Shame makes us prefer to remain aloof from people whom we perceive as superior. If we are in a superior position, on the other hand, we often ignore simpler people. Yet we, too, have to help “restore all things in Christ,” especially the wounded people of God.


ROME: But what a difference there is between only accepting the authority of Rome negatively, so to speak, and as a condition without which one cannot live, and accepting it as fully alive, really positively with love, like a mother to whom one owes respect and obedience, and whom one tries to anticipate by one’s affection and attentions. Well, that is where I am now, and where I desire to be my whole life long, and that is what I am coming to Rome to seek. The position is clear, I will do what I am told and I will try to do it with submission, humility and fidelity, knowing that God has a thousand means of spreading truth on earth, and that often the most effective means are those on which we counted the least.




By Courtney Grogan


Bucharest, Romania, May 31, 2019 / 09:00 am (CNA).- Pope Francis said Friday that Catholics and Orthodox are bonded by a “shared inheritance” of suffering for Christ from the apostles to modern martyrs.


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Here are the Plenary Indulgences Available During Holy Week


We all have the opportunity for receiving a plenary indulgence each day of Holy Week. Then Easter Octave. Here’s how to gain them for ourselves and loved ones in purgatory.


Joseph Pronechen




The plenary indulgences that we can receive on every day of Holy Week actually are of two kinds. Certain ones are specific to Holy Week itself. Certain ones we can actually gain anytime.




They’re listed in the Norms and Grants in the official Manual of Indulgences, fourth edition (1999), the latest and most up-to-date edition of the Manual, or Enchiridion Indulgentiarum, the one that replaces all others.




First, let’s look at the plenary indulgences specific to Holy Week. Next, we’ll look at those also available during Holy Week plus any time of the year. Then we’ll review the basic mandatory conditions that must be fulfilled for any plenary indulgence. Then we’ll check on “extras.”








Holy Week Plenary Indulgences




These are the specific works listed in the Grants in the Manual of Indulgences:




Holy Thursday. “A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who piously recite the verses of the Tantum ergo after the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday during the solemn reposition of the Most Blessed Sacrament.”




Good Friday brings two opportunities. “A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who




    Devoutly assist at the adoration of the Cross in the solemn liturgical action of Good Friday; or


    Personally make the pious Way of the Cross, or devoutly unite themselves to the Way of the Cross while it is being led by the Supreme Pontiff and broadcast live on television or radio.”




Most every parish conducts Stations of the Cross for parishioners on Good Friday.




On Holy Saturday, Easter Vigil brings another opportunity. “A plenary indulgence is granted to the faithful who, at the celebration of the Easter Vigil (or on the anniversary of their own Baptism), renew their baptismal vows in any legitimately approved formula.”




The Easter Vigil includes renewal of baptismal vows.








Early in Holy Week




On Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Holy Week we should try to make Mass and receive Holy Communion. That is a “must” because receiving Holy Communion is one of the basic conditions for any plenary indulgence. Here, we consider those certain plenary indulgences which can be gained all year. These are the ones we can obtain on Monday through Wednesday as long as we fulfill the basic conditions (more on them later) and also perform the work required.




The Manual of Indulgences makes this very clear to us: “Deserving of special mention are grants pertaining to these works by any one of which the faithful can obtain a plenary indulgence each day of the year,” always remembering “a plenary indulgence can be acquired no more than once a day.” The Manual lists them as four:




— Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament for at least one half hour




—The pious exercise of the Way of the Cross




— Recitation of the Marian rosary or of the hymn Akathistos, in church or an oratory;




or in a family, a religious community, or a sodality of the faithful or, in general,




when several of the faithful are gathered for any good purpose




— The devout reading or listening to the Sacred Scriptures for at least a half an hour








Any one of these per day, Monday through Wednesday — plus Palm Sunday too — can obtain a plenary indulgence for us for ourselves or to apply to a soul in purgatory.








Basic Mandatory Conditions




“In general, the gaining of indulgences requires certain prescribed conditions and the performance of certain prescribed works,” reminded the Apostolic Penitentiary in 2000. The conditions are not many and are not at all difficult.




First, though, the office initially repeated the definition. “An indulgence is a remission before God of the temporal punishment due to sins whose guilt has already been forgiven, which the faithful Christian who is duly disposed gains under certain prescribed conditions through the action of the Church…” The office explained, “Indulgences can always be applied either to oneself or to the souls of the deceased, but they cannot be applied to other persons living on earth.”




The Manual of Indulgences gives these basics conditions for any indulgence, plenary or partial. The person seeking the indulgence must be baptized, not excommunicated, and in the state of grace at least at the time the prescribed work is completed.




The Norms remind of another simple essential: we need to have the general intention of wanting to gain the indulgence as well as carrying out the specific works required, according to the sense of the Grant. That’s simple enough.




This next is important. The Norm states, “To gain a plenary indulgence, in addition to excluding all attachment to sin, even venial sin, it is necessary to perform the indulgenced work and fulfill the following three conditions: sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intention of the Sovereign Pontiff.”




For simplicity sake, let’s review these simple essentials are presented by the office of the Apostolic Penitentiary in their words:




“To gain indulgences, whether plenary or partial, it is necessary that the faithful be in the state of grace at least at the time the indulgenced work is completed.”




“A plenary indulgence can be gained only once a day. In order to obtain it, the faithful must, in addition to being in the state of grace:




— have the interior disposition of complete detachment from sin, even venial sin;


— have sacramentally confessed their sins;


— receive the Holy Eucharist (it is certainly better to receive it while participating in Holy Mass, but for the indulgence only Holy Communion is required);


— pray for the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff.”








The Apostolic Penitentiary in 2000 clarified that One Our Father and one Hail Mary is suggested for the Holy Father’s intentions thought the faithful can chose what prayer, and one sacramental Confession suffices for several plenary indulgences.




As for the Stations of the Cross for a plenary indulgence, the manual details, “The pious exercise must be made before stations of the Way of the Cross legitimately erected…According to the common custom, the pious exercise consists of 14 devotional readings, to which some vocal prayers are added. To make the Way of the Cross, however, it is sufficient to meditate devoutly on the Lord’s Passion and Death, and therefore reflection on the particular mysteries of the individual stations in not necessary…Progression from one station to the next is required.” But if we’re making it publicly such as done for a parish, only the one conducting it has to move while we remain in our place.








Extras and Divine Mercy Sunday




We should not stop after Holy Week. Why not continue during the Easter Octave, from Easter Sunday through Divine Mercy Sunday? Monday through Saturday we have those four everyday possibilities for a plenary indulgence. Go to Mass, receive Communion. Then spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament. Pray the Rosary in church. Or with family or as listed above. Read Sacred Scripture for at least half an hour. Your choice.








Then Divine Mercy Sunday has a plenary indulgence of its own.




Through private revelation to St. Faustina, Jesus revealed, I want to grant a complete pardon to the souls that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion on the Feast of My mercy (1109). The soul that will go to Confession and receive Holy Communion will obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment (699). And we must trust in Divine Mercy.




According to Robert Stackpole, the director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy, an apostolate of the Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception, “The most special grace promised by our Lord for Mercy Sunday is nothing less than the equivalent of a complete renewal of baptismal grace in the soul: "complete forgiveness (remission) of sins and punishment.” (more explanation here)




St. John Paul II not only declared Divine Mercy Sunday a universal feast of the Church but in 2002 he attached a plenary indulgence to it. This made private revelation’s promise “official” as “the Holy See institutionalized the Promise in the form of an Indulgence.”




First there are the usual or standard three conditions of sacramental confession, Eucharistic Communion, and prayer for the intentions of Supreme Pontiff.




Next, the specific conditions or “work” required: “On Divine Mercy Sunday




    in any church or chapel, in a spirit that is completely detached from the affection for a sin, even a venial sin, take part in the prayers and devotions held in honor of Divine Mercy


    or, in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament exposed or reserved in the tabernacle, recite the Our Father and the Creed, adding a devout prayer to the merciful Lord Jesus (e.g. “Merciful Jesus, I trust in you!”).”








For those unable to fulfill these conditions, there are explanations of what they can do for indulgences.




From Holy Week through Divine Mercy Sunday — and beyond — we should try not to miss out on these indulgences for ourselves or for any soul in purgatory who might get the chance to reach heaven in time for Easter and well beyond.


The stay-at-home mother’s pregnancy was considered high risk because she was over 40 and had suffered previous miscarriages. As a result, her doctor ordered blood tests on the baby early on and monitored the pregnancy closely.


She started to bleed during the pregnancy and was diagnosed in spring 2013 with a subchorionic hematoma, a blood clot in the fetal membrane. The only thing doctors can do for that condition is prescribe bed rest. If the blood clot ruptures, it can result in a spontaneous miscarriage.


By Hannah Brockhaus


Vatican City, Dec 2, 2018 / 05:50 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Francis Sunday lit a candle, a symbol of hope, to pray for the children affected by violence and war in Syria and across the Middle East.



MISSION: Extraordinary Missionary Month to take place in October 2019


During the Angelus on 22 October 2017, Pope Francis announced that October 2019 will be “Extraordinary Missionary Month”.  The theme of the Extraordinary Missionary Month is “Baptised and Sent: the Church of Christ on Mission in the World”.




The official website for the Extraordinary Missionary Month October 2019 was launched last Friday, 30 November marking the 100th anniversary of the promulgation of the Apostolic Letter, Maximum Illud, by Pope Benedict XV, which gave new energy to the missionary responsibility of proclaiming the Gospel in the World.


November 29, 2018


Here’s video of the autistic boy who ran onstage during Wednesday’s papal audience


In commemoration of All Souls’ Day, Pope Francis prayed Friday in a cemetery for unborn children called the “Garden of Angels” on the outskirts of Rome.






[25-26 AUGUST 2018]


Papal Texts and Homilies from WMOF2018


Read the homilies, speeches and addresses that Pope Francis delivered during his visit to Ireland for WMOF2018 here.


WMOF2018 Blog


A team of volunteer bloggers are sharing the stories & capturing the atmosphere of WMOF2018 here.


POPE Rome 9 9 2018


Before the Angelus:


 Dear Brothers and Sisters, good morning!


This Sunday’s Gospel (Cf. Mark 7:31-37) refers to the episode of the miraculous healing of a deaf mute, wrought by Jesus. They brought a deaf mute to Him and besought Him to lay his hand upon him. He, instead, performs on him different gestures: first of all, He takes him aside far from the crowd. On this occasion, as in others, Jesus acts always with discretion. He doesn’t want to impress the people; He isn’t seeking popularity or success, but He just wants to do good to people. He teaches us with this example that good is done without clamor, without ostentation, without “sounding a trumpet.” It’s done in silence.


When He was aside, Jesus put His fingers into the ears of the deaf mute and touched his tongue with saliva. This gesture refers to the Incarnation. The Son of God is a man fully inserted in the human reality: He was made man, therefore He can understand the painful condition of another man and He intervenes with a gesture that involves His humanity. At the same time, Jesus wants it understood that the miracle takes place due to His union with the Father: so He looked up to Heaven. Then He sighed and said the decisive words: “Ephphatha,” which means, “be opened.” And the man was immediately cured: his ears were opened and his tongue was released. His healing was for him an “opening’ to others and to the world.


This account stresses the need of the double healing: first of all, the healing of the sickness and of physical suffering, to restore the health of the body; even if this end isn’t completely attainable in the earthly horizon, despite the many efforts of science and medicine. However, there is a second healing, perhaps more difficult, and it is the healing of fear; the healing of fear that drives us to marginalize the sick, to marginalize the suffering, the disabled. And there are many ways of marginalizing, also with a pseudo-piety or with the removal of the problem; one remains deaf and dumb in face of the pains of people marked by illnesses, anguishes, and difficulties. Too often the sick and the suffering become a problem, whereas they should be occasions to manifest the solicitude and solidarity of a society in its dealings with the weakest.


Jesus has revealed to us the secret of a miracle that we also can repeat, becoming protagonists of the “Ephphath,” of those words “be opened” with which He gave back the word and hearing to the deaf mute. It’s about opening ourselves to the needs of our suffering brothers in need of help, avoiding egoism and closure of the heart. It is, in fact, the heart, namely, a person’s profound nucleus, that Jesus came to “open,” to liberate, to make us capable of living fully our relationship with God and with others. He became man so that man, rendered interiorly deaf and dumb by sin, is able to listen to the voice of God, the voice of Love that speaks to his heart and thus learn to speak, in turn, the language of love, translating it into gestures of generosity and self-giving.


May Mary, She who “opened” herself totally to the love of the Lord, obtain for us the ability to experience every day in faith, the miracle of the “Ephphatha,” to live in communion with God and with brothers.




© Libreria Editrice Vatican




After the Angelus:


Dear Brothers and Sisters,


Celebrated yesterday at Loreto, in the Pontifical Shrine of the Holy House, was the Nativity of Mary and the proposal of spirituality for families was launched: the House of Mary, House of every family. We entrust the Shrine’s initiative and all those that will take part in different capacities to the Holy Virgin.


Held today at Strasbourg is the Beatification of Alfonsa Maria Eppinger, Founder of the Sisters of the most Holy Saviour. We thank God for this courageous and wise woman who, suffering, in silence and praying, witnessed God’s love especially to all those who were sick in body and in spirit — an applause all together for the new Blessed!


I greet you all affectionately, Romans and pilgrims from several countries: the families, the parish groups, the Associations.


I greet the faithful of the diocese of Como, the young people participants in the meeting promoted by the Work of the Church <and> the Confirmation candidates of Prevalle.


I wish you all a happy Sunday. And please, don’t forget to pray for me.


Enjoy your lunch and goodbye!


© Libreria Editrice Vatican








In a special way, old age is a time of grace, in which the Lord renews his call to us. He calls us to safeguard and transmit the faith. He calls us to pray, especially to intercede. He calls us to be close to those in need…. The elderly, and grandparents, have the ability to understand the most difficult of situations: a great ability! And when they pray for these situations, their prayer is strong; it is powerful!




—from the book The Blessing of Family


Pope Francis in Ireland


Love Freely Given


None of us can live without love. And a bad form of slavery to which we can all fall victim is that of thinking that love must be earned. Perhaps a good part of contemporary man’s anguish comes from this: believing that, if we are not strong, attractive and beautiful, no one will take care of us. Many people nowadays seek visibility only to fill an interior void, as though we were always in need of approval. However, can you imagine a world in which everyone is looking for ways to attract the attention of others, and in which no one is instead willing to freely give love to another person? Imagine a world like this: a world without freely given love! It appears to be a human world but in reality it is hellish. Much of mankind’s narcissism conceals a feeling of loneliness and orphan hood. Behind many forms of behaviour that seem to be unexplainable there lies a question: is it possible that I do not deserve to be called by name, that is, to be loved? Because love always calls [us] by name.


—Pope Francis, as quoted in Believe in Love: Inspiring Words from Pope Francis














St Mary’s Pro-Cathedral (Dublin) - Saturday, 25 August 2018


Good afternoon!




Dear friends,




I am pleased that we can meet in this historic Pro-Cathedral of Saint Mary’s, which has seen countless celebrations of the sacrament of matrimony over the years. Looking out at you, at your youth, I ask myself: so then it isn’t true what everybody says, that young people don’t want to get married! Thank you. Getting married and sharing one’s life is something beautiful. We have a saying in Spanish: “Sorrow shared by two is half a sorrow; joy shared by two is joy and a half”. That is what marriage is like.,_St_Mary's_Pro_Cathedral,_83_Marlborough_Street,_North_City,_Dublin_1,_Ireland



Opening Ceremonies for World Meeting of Families 2018 will take place simultaneously across all 26 Dioceses of Ireland this evening 21 August, with the lead ceremony taking place in Dublin. The Opening Liturgy, entitled ‘Le chéile le Críost’ (together with Christ), will gather the Church as a family of families, setting the path of celebration for the entire World Meeting of Families that will culminate with the closing Papal Mass on Sunday 26th August. Details of diocesan opening ceremonies can be found on

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The World Meeting of Families concludes with a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration that will gather individuals and families from all around the world in thanksgiving and communion. The Mass will mark the conclusion of the World Meeting of Families 2018 in Dublin and the next diocese to host the event in conjunction with the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life will be announced.




The main celebrant for the Final Mass will be Pope Francis. At the weekly general audience in St Peter’s Square on 21 March, the Holy Father announced that he will attend WMOF2018 and take part in the Festival of Families in Croke Park (25th August) and the Final Mass in the Phoenix Park (26th August). The Mass will start at 3 pm.






Pope Dublin Streets August 2018




Phoenix Park on Pope’s Visit August 2018




Celebrity priest James Martin, S.J. speaks at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland. The topic of his presentation is “Showing Welcome and Respect in our Parishes for ‘LGBT’ People and their families.




In a major piece entitled “Culture War as Class War”, Darel E. Paul argues persuasively that the culture war is deeply rooted in class distinctions. Paul, who is a professor of political science at Williams College, traces the development of anti-life, anti-family, and pro-sexual liberty values from the academic and WASP establishments that led in the acceptance of artificial contraception in the first half of the twentieth-century to the deadly combination of university, business, and political interests that lead the gay and transgender campaigns today.




Dublin Croke Park and Pope’s Visit


WMOF2018 Office, Holy Cross Diocesan Centre, Clonliffe Road, Dublin 3, Ireland


Tel.: +353 1 567 6800


A number of additional events will run alongside the main WMOF2018 Programme. These events are free of charge and open to all. They are being run by other organisations especially for World Meeting of Families. We are delighted to invite pilgrims to read more and engage with these events:


Join the Limerick Street Party to welcome Pope Francis to Ireland.  Kicking off at 3:30pm on Tuesday 21st August in St John's Square, Limerick, and concluding with a celebratory liturgy in St John's Cathedral.


As part of Pope Francis’s visit to Ireland for the ninth World Meeting of Families this month, the Holy Father will join with recently engaged and married couples at Saint Mary’s Pro-Cathedral in the Archdiocese of Dublin on Saturday 24 August.