22 October 2020


Pope Francis himself announced that he will travel to Ireland to take part in the 9th World Meeting of Families in August 2018. The news was received with delight, with great celebrations and jubilation also in the WMOF2018 offices back in Dublin. His visit will bring great joy to Irish Catholics and others, as we prepare to welcome the Holy Father as well as thousands of families from all over the world to Ireland for this great event.

This will be the first Papal visit to Ireland since Pope John Paul II came to our shores in 1979. Pope Francis will attend the Festival of Families on 25th August and he will also celebrate the Final Mass of WMOF2018 on 26th August. Other elements of his itinerary have yet to be confirmed.

Preparations have been underway for WMOF2018 since Pope Francis announced Dublin, Ireland as the venue for the 9th World Meeting of Families at the close of WMOF2015 in Philadelphia, USA. The World Meeting of Families, held every three years in a different country worldwide, is one of the biggest events of the Catholic Church. It brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. With the wonderful news that Pope Francis himself will attend, the World Meeting of Families 2018 promises to be the single largest occasion in Ireland this year.

For more information on Pope Francis and his itinerary in Ireland for WMOF2018, please click here.

Remember to Register!

Booking for the Pastoral Congress in the RDS is now open on WMOF website and includes the possibility of booking free, guaranteed tickets for the Festival of Families and the Final Mass, subject to availability. Details of how to get tickets for the Festival of Families in Croke Park on Saturday 25th August and the Final Mass in the Phoenix Park on Sunday 26th August are currently being finalised and will be available in the coming months. Both are free, but ticketed, events. Children up to 17 are free to all events but remember, all pilgrims, adults and children, will need tickets for every event they attend.

Sign up for WMOF newsletter to be kept informed as soon as this information becomes available and visit WMOF website for ticket information and registration details.