The tenth World Meeting of Families begins today in Rome and will continue until June 26. Approximately 2,000 representatives from 120 countries will participate in the meeting, which has as its central theme family love and vocation.
Newsroom (22/06/2022 7:30 PM, Gaudium Press) From June 22 to 26, the Eternal City will host the tenth World Meeting of Families.
The theme of this year’s meeting is “Family love: vocation and holiness.” Around 2000 representatives from 120 countries will gather in Rome for the meeting promoted by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life.
The previous event, in 2018 in Ireland, brought together 30,000 people. This year’s event had to be reduced because of the pandemic, but it continues to offer various topics and testimonies from people from all parts of the globe.
In 2021, as the event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 threat, the Holy Father encouraged dioceses around the world to promote activities similar to those taking place in Rome at the same time as the meeting.
Program of the world meeting
The world meeting officially begins at 6 PM local time with the “festival of families” in Paul VI Hall: testimonies of participants from various countries will alternate with a musical presentation.
A Mass in St Peter’s Basilica, where the relics of Blessed Luigi and Maria Beltrame Quattrocchi are on display, will open the activities on Thursday and Friday.
Afterwards, conferences and round tables on various current topics will follow one after the other throughout the day. On Friday evening, the delegates will be welcomed in the parishes of the Italian capital.
On Saturday morning, the families will meet again in the Paul VI Hall for a new cycle of conferences before the closing Mass to be presided over by Pope Francis at 5:15 PM in St Peter’s Square.
The World Meeting of Families can be followed on the Vatican News website or the Vatican News Youtube channel. The opening and closing Masses can also be followed on Facebook.
Compiled by Gustavo Kralj