All of Ireland’s 26 dioceses will open the 9th World Meeting of Families simultaneously with a special liturgical ceremony today and with the ringing of bells in each of the 26 diocesan cathedrals across the island.  Family-friendly festivals are also taking place.

The WMOF Pastoral Congress will take place in the Royal Dublin Society from tomorrow (Wednesday) through to Friday, while the Festival of Families will be celebrated in Croke Park on Saturday afternoon. 

Pope Francis will join the WMOF celebrations when he visits Ireland on Saturday.  WMOF will culminate with the closing Papal Mass in the Phoenix Park, Dublin, on Sunday. 

Today’s opening liturgy in each cathedral will be a full celebration of Evening Prayer.  Entitled Le chéile le Críost (Together with Christ). The ceremonies will involve singing and praying hymns, psalms and canticles, burning incense and praying for the entire human family and all are welcome.

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