WMOF 2018 – looking forward to the year ahead

Gemma Mulligan (Ossory) shares her hopes after the preparation programme for WMOF 2018 was launched on 21 August at Knock Shrine.

What is the Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family! Programme?


Pope Francis believes that in a world where humanity is often wounded, mistreated, and dominated by a lack of love, the family is the “yes” of God as Love. In spite of all the pressures and difficulties it faces, Pope Francis believes that the family is still good news for today’s world.

In 2016, he wrote “The Joy of Love” (Amoris Laetitia), a document about love, marriage and family life, and now he has given Ireland a special responsibility. He has asked Ireland to host the World Meeting of Families in 2018 and to prepare for that event by offering families, parishes and groups a way of thinking about and sharing his message in The Joy of Love: that the Gospel of the Family continues to be Joy for the World.

The Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family! Programme is a response to Pope Francis’ request. The programme aims to support families and parishes as we set out on the journey of preparation to the World Meeting of Families, taking place in Dublin from 21st to 26th August 2018, and to continue that journey in the years ahead.


It’s for you! Everyone is welcome to follow the programme online or at their parish and other public events.


The Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s Be Family! Programme will offer a range of resources. Here is an outline of some of them:

This is a set of practical engaging activities which draw from and build on the parish-based programme and aim to celebrate and support marriage and family life.  Some of these activities are for families to carry out in their own homes, and others can be run by parish communities or groups of parishes, from a simple prayer before meals, to a family picnic for all the parish. For each activity, there will be a short guide, explaining the idea and offering instructions on how it might be carried out. A parish or family can pick as many or as few as they like, depending on their own circumstances. 

The Joy of Love is a six-part programme that will be offered to parishes based on Pope Francis’ “The Joy of Love”.  Using engaging short videos, animations and activities to encourage discussion, it will offer families, parishes and wider society an opportunity to think about our vision and hopes for family and marriage, and a chance to rediscover the gift that family is to the world.

A series of half-hour television programmes will be produced and made available online to national and international audiences. Short video inserts will be followed by panel discussions with experts from Ireland and around the world, as well as in-studio audience participation, offering an opportunity for people to engage online with the message and challenge of The Joy of Love. Programmes will also be produced by and for young people.

A set of short digital animations based on key Amoris themes aimed at a general audience and children and available in different languages.

Resources will also be available for primary and secondary school children at specific moments throughout out the year, including Catholic Schools Week.

A series of live events hosted around Ireland and live streamed online in the lead up to World Meeting of Families 2018. These will feature national and international speakers from the Catholic world and from civil society and focus on key issues relating to marriage and family life. The events will also be recorded and will be available to online audiences around the world.


The entire Amoris: Let’s Talk Family! Let’s be Family! programme will be supported by a dynamic website, video, social media and online presence to encourage interaction with national and international audiences.  You can access all our resources via our website





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Dublin, Ireland, has been chosen by Pope Francis to host the next World Meeting of Families. Families and others from all over the world will gather in Dublin from 21-26 August 2018 to celebrate their lives together, to share their experiences from different parts of the world, to reflect on the different challenges they face and to grow together in faith.  The chosen by Pope Francis for WMOF2018 is The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.

See www.worldmeeting2018.ie