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world family meeting 2018During Pope Francis visit to Ireland on the occasion of the Catholic Church’s 9th World Meeting of Families (WMOF) which took place in Dublin, August 21-26 he gave us 3 words "Sorry", "Please", "Thank You"

"Our families we need to learn three words. They are “sorry”, “please” and “thank you”.  When you quarrel at home, be sure that before going to bed you apologize and say you are sorry. Before the day is done, make peace. Do you want to know why it is necessary to make peace before ending the day? Because if you don’t make peace, the next day you have a “cold war” and that is very dangerous! Watch out for cold wars in the family! Maybe you get mad sometimes and are tempted to sleep in another room, all by yourself. If you feel that way, just knock on the door and say: “Please, can I come in?” All it takes is a look, a kiss, a soft word… and everything is back to the way it was! I say this because when families do this, they survive. There is no such thing as a perfect family; without the practice of forgiveness, families can grow sick and gradually collapse.

To “forgive” means to “give” something of yourself. Jesus always forgives us. By the power of his forgiveness, we too can forgive others, if we really want to. Isn’t that what we pray for, when we say the Our Father? Children learn to forgive when they see their parents forgiving one another. If we understand this, we can appreciate the grandeur of Jesus’ teaching about fidelity in marriage. Far from a cold legal obligation, it is above all a powerful promise of God’s own fidelity to his word and his unfailing grace. Christ died for us so that we, in turn, might forgive and be reconciled with one another. In this way, as individuals and as families, we can know the truth of Saint Paul’s words that, when all else passes away, “love never ends”” (1 Cor 13:8)."

A man of his wordIn advance of this month’s papal visit to Ireland, Wim Wenders’ new documentary on the current Bishop of Rome receives a cinema release.  ‘Pope Francis: A Man of His Word’ is intended to be a personal journey with Pope Francis, rather than a biographical documentary about him.

Wim Wenders’ documentary profile of Pope Francis gives viewers a far more intimate view of its subject than they will ever get from TV footage of papal rallies and services in the Vatican and around the world. 

Consisting mostly of interviews in which the Pope holds forth honestly and without hesitation on a range of topics including the wealth of the Church, the film is at its best when at its simplest, with the former Jorge Bergoglio coming across as a man of supreme decency and compassion who truly believes in practising what he preaches.

The movie trailer is available here.

WMOF2018 Dublin IrelandAt least three thousand volunteers are needed to assist with the planning and organising of the ninth World Meeting of Families which Pope Francis asked Archbishop Diarmuid Martin to host in Dublin in 2018.  This six-day festival of faith will take place from 21 to 26 August next year with the theme: “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”. 

Volunteers must be resident in Ireland, over 18 years of age and respectful of the Catholic ethos of the event.  Volunteers will also assist at related preparatory events which will take place around the country.

Closing date for Volunteer Applications extended! Apply now!