Pope Francis to Attend World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis will attend the World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, on August 25-26. The meeting started in 1994, when St. John Paul II asked the Pontifical Council for the Family to establish an international event of prayer, catechesis and celebration that would draw participants from around the world. The event is geared toward strengthening the bonds between families and bearing witness to the importance of marriage and family to all of society. The theme of this year’s gathering will focus on teachings found in Pope Francis’ Joy of Love.