Sunday, September 13, 2015

What is the World Meeting of Families?

There is so much talk about the World Meeting of Families right now, but do we know what it is and why it is convened?  The website provides our answers.

Since its inception by St. John Paul II in 1994 [the International Year of the Family], the World Meeting of Families has strengthened the sacred bonds of families across the globe.  Held every three years and sponsored by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family, the World Meeting of Families is the largest Catholic gathering of families.  Each World Meeting of Families has a theme that energizes and enlivens the event while adding great depth of meaning to our understanding of families.  The theme of the World Meeting of Families  -- Philadelphia 2015 is "Love is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive," emphasizing the impact of the love and life of families on our society.

At the conference, families share their thoughts, dialogue and prayers, working together to grow as individuals and family units.  Families can participate in discussion groups on the Christian family's role in the church and society, led by many distinguished speakers.  

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