The IX World Meeting of Families will be held, in Dublin, from 22 to 26 August 2018. The official announcement was made by the Archbishop of the Ireland’s capital, H.E. Msgr Diarmuid Martin and the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, H.E. Msgr Vincenzo Paglia during a press conference at the Vatican, on Tuesday, May 24.
The theme chosen by Pope Francis is: "The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World."
This title—said Archbishop Paglia—is programmatic: it clearly refers to Amoris Laetitia, indicating that the Apostolic Exhortation, will both guide the preparation for the World Meeting and the logic with which will the different moments of the gathering will articulate, so that it may serve to look at the Synods’ results and re-launch the work after two years that will have passed.
In his address, Archbishop Martin, said that through the World Meeting this process of receiving and re-launching of the synodal work will involve in a special first of all the Church and the families in Dublin and throughout Ireland, a young nation and marked by a strong economic crisis, but it will also be shared with the churches around the world, so that not only the celebration of the meeting may be truly worldwide but the entire path of its preparation as well.