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Dublin archbishop says pope to visit Ireland in 2018

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DUBLIN — Archbishop Diarmuid Martin confirmed that Pope Francis, or his successor, will visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families.

Archbishop Martin confirmed that when he discussed the issue of visiting Ireland with the pontiff, Pope Francis said: “‘I will come,’ and he said, ‘if I don’t come, my successor will come.’”

Anglican Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin lead an ecumenical Good Friday procession in 2012 in Dublin. Archbishop Martin confirmed that Pope Francis, or his successor, will visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/John Mc Elroy)

Anglican Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin lead an ecumenical Good Friday procession in 2012 in Dublin. Archbishop Martin confirmed that Pope Francis, or his successor, will visit Ireland in 2018 for the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/John Mc Elroy)

As well as Dublin, the pope would probably visit Northern Ireland to complete the 1979 historic pilgrimage of St John Paul II, when rising tensions in the North made a visit there impossible.

The Irish Catholic said Archbishop Martin made his remarks in an interview with the Irish Independent. The Irish Catholic said that a “well-placed Vatican source” confirmed that “all the indications from Rome are very positive about this.”

“It would obviously be the hope that the Holy Father would make a visit to Northern Ireland and, perhaps, some other parts of Ireland, since many Irish Catholics will want to have an opportunity to attend Mass with Pope Francis,” the source told The Irish Catholic.

Speculation about a papal visit began in September, after Pope Francis announced in Philadelphia that Dublin would host the 2018 World Meeting of Families. Popes have presided at all but two of the eight meetings held since the first meeting in 1994.

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All have wounds of heart only Jesus, his church can heal, says Cardinal Tagle at World Meeting of Families

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PHILADELPHIA — All people carry wounds of the heart that only Jesus can heal and his body of Christ, the church, can be agents of that healing. Read more »

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Cardinal O’Malley and Rick Warren call on families to be missionary disciples

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PHILADELPHIA — Two well-known Christian preachers agreed: Joy in family life is among the most powerful tools to take Jesus to others.

The last keynote of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia took a tag-team approach, when Cardinal Sean P. O’Malley of Boston and evangelical pastor Rick Warren took to the stage Sept. 25 and urged families to answer their missionary call. Read more »

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Synod of Bishops on the family begins Sunday in Rome — Lesson for synod seen in joy evident at World Meeting of Families

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PHILADELPHIA — It’s difficult to forget Pope Francis’ passionate Sept. 26 speech, his gestures and the tone of his voice when he addressed the value of the family in Philadelphia.

A “society grows strong, grows in goodness, grows in beauty and truly grows if it is built on the foundation of the family,” said the pope, addressing the Festival of Families on the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway that Saturday evening. Read more »

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Diocesan parishioners attend papal Mass in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — Standing in the parking lot at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia, as Pope Francis was getting ready to take off from the nearby airport, Lesley Garofalo reflected on the papal Mass Sunday afternoon on the Ben Franklin Parkway.

She and her husband, Peter, had tickets to the area closest to the altar, but their view was blocked by a barricade. It didn’t matter to them.

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Serve, care for each other, pope tells families at closing Mass for World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — Pope Francis urged the hundreds of thousands of people gathered for the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families to serve and care for each other as freely as God loves the human family.

Pope Francis embraces the Walker family of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 27 in Philadelphia. Catire, Noel and their four children -- Cala, 12, Dimas, 8, Mia, 5, and Carmin, 3 -- traveled 13,000 miles to be with Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/L'Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

Pope Francis embraces the Walker family of Buenos Aires, Argentina, Sept. 27 in Philadelphia. Catire, Noel and their four children — Cala, 12, Dimas, 8, Mia, 5, and Carmin, 3 — traveled 13,000 miles to be with Pope Francis during the World Meeting of Families. (CNS photo/L’Osservatore Romano via Reuters)

The pope called upon the faithful to embrace signs that the Holy Spirit can work through everyone. He referred to the readings in the multilingual Mass, from the Book of Numbers and the Gospel of Mark, in which members of the faith community questioned the work of those not part of their group and for prophesying in the name of God.

“To raise doubts about the working of the Spirit, to give the impression that it cannot take place in those who are not ‘part of our group,’ who are not ‘like us,’ is a dangerous temptation,” the pope said. “Not only does it block conversion to the faith; it is a perversion of faith. Faith opens a window to the presence and working of the Spirit. It shows us that, like happiness, holiness is always tied to little gestures.”

Illustrating his point before the Mass, Pope Francis engaged in “little gestures” himself along the papal parade route to the Mass, kissing and blessing many babies brought to him from the sidewalk throngs by Secret Service agents, who themselves managed to cracked smiles after days of maintaining a stern demeanor as they guarded the pontiff.

Pope Francis recalled that Jesus encountered “hostility from people who did not accept what he said and did,” saying they thought it intolerable that Christ was open to honest and sincere faith from men and women who were not part of God’s chosen people.

“The disciples, for their part, acted in good faith. But the temptation to be scandalized by the freedom of God, who sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous alike, bypassing bureaucracy, officialdom and inner circles, threatens the authenticity of faith. Hence it must be vigorously rejected,” he said.

“Once we realize this, we can understand why Jesus’ words about causing scandal are so harsh. For Jesus, the truly ‘intolerable’ scandal consists in everything that breaks down and destroys our trust in the working of the Spirit,” he continued.

Pope Francis held up the family as vital to building the church for the future. He said love must be freely shared for faith to grow.

“That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to become faith,” he said.

“Little gestures” of love exist daily in the lives of family and serve to carry on God’s love as well, Pope Francis explained.

“These little gestures are those we learn at home, in the family. They get lost amid all the other things we do, yet they do make each day different. They are the quiet things done by mothers and grandmothers, by fathers and grandfathers, by children. They are little signs of tenderness, affection and compassion,” he said.

“Like the warm supper we look forward to at night, the early lunch awaiting someone who gets up early to go to work. Homely gestures. Like a blessing before we go to bed, or a hug after we return from a hard day’s work. Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home.”

Pope Francis asked the worshipers to consider how they share God’s love with people in their families and in the world around them.

“What kind of world do we want to leave to our children?” he asked, referencing a line in his encyclical “Laudato Si’, On Care for Our Common Home.”

“Our common house can no longer tolerate sterile divisions,” he continued. “The urgent challenge of protecting our home includes the effort to bring the entire human family together in the pursuit of a sustainable and integral development, for we know that things can change.”

The pope asked the congregation to consider how they treat each other in their own home. “Do we shout or do we speak to each other with love and tenderness? That’s a good way of measuring our love.”

Calling the church to renew faith in the word of God, the pope said people can live prophetic lives as a “kind of miracle in today’s world.”

“Would that we could all be prophets. Would that all of us could be open to miracles of love for the sake of all the families of the world, and thus overcome the scandal of a narrow, petty love, closed in on itself, impatient of others,” he said.

As the Mass concluded, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, who also was lead Vatican organizer of the World Meeting of Families, announced the next meeting will take place in Dublin, in 2018.

Six families, representing five continents, received copies of the Gospel of Luke. Families from Syria, Vietnam, France, Australia, Congo and Cuba were chosen for their church involvement and faith life. The Vatican also planned to distribute 100,000 copies of Luke’s Gospel in the families’ home countries.

 

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Pope’s last stop in U.S. — World Meeting of Families kicks off in Philadelphia

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PHILADELPHIA — Known as the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia will be “the city of family love” and the “world capital of families” during the four-day World Meeting of Families, said Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

The largest-ever World Meeting of Families opened in Philadelphia Sept. 22. More than 17,500 participants from more than 100 countries registered for the four-day congress, said Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia. Read more »

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Pope Francis to speak from lectern Lincoln used for Gettysburg Address

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PHILADELPHIA — As lecterns go, it is strictly utilitarian, a simple walnut stand with none of the ornamentation commonly found in mid-19th-century furnishings.

Yet it has a distinguished past and is about to have a distinguished future.

At a news conference Aug. 7 at the Union League of Philadelphia, Robert Ciaruffoli, president of the World Meeting of Families, announced that Pope Francis, during his Sept. 26 speech at Independence Hall while in Philadelphia for the families’ meeting, will use the lectern that was most famously used by President Abraham Lincoln when he gave his Gettysburg Address. Read more »

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Pictures at an exhibition: Dominican sisters have booth featuring papal art at World Meeting of Families

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The Caterina Benincasa Gallery and Book Shop on the grounds of Holy Spirit Church in New Castle is a bright light in the diocese that’s hidden under a bushel basket of sorts.

The Dominican Sisters’ Benincasa monastery is on the parish grounds and the impressive shop they have stocked with Catholic art and religious goods is meant to be a stopping point or, more precisely, a shopping point for pilgrims who visit the imposing Our Lady Queen of Peace Shrine by the church. Read more »

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Organizers for meeting of families expect 1.5 million for papal Mass

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VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia this September, said organizers of the next World Meeting of Families.

A high-level delegation from Philadelphia, led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, was in Rome as of June 22 to meet with Vatican officials, review some of the planning and promote the weeklong congress. Read more »

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