Marriage and Family

Diary: Day One

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Delegates from England and Wales have had a jam packed first full day at the World Meeting of Families in Dublin. Opening today, an exhibition of 200 stands from charities and groups from all over the world gave the group plenty to explore.

Cardinal Tagle’s address on “throw-away culture” was particularly moving. His direct relation to the real experiences of Families was both challenging and motivating in equal measure. Hannah from the Bishops’ Conference Office for Marriage and Family Life said “he got right to the heart of the matter. It was a highly emotional and personal exploration of what Pope Francis’ means by “throw-away culture” informed by Laudato Si and Amoris Laetitia. It is our Relationships with one another that define us and are the key to understanding God’s love for all creation.”

The group also spend time celebrity spotting. Adrian Chiles, a famous Catholic from #overtheirishsea was grateful for English support at his panel on “the importance of belonging”. Joanne from Cardiff Archdiocese said “he added a cynical and humourous reflection on our growing obsession with wanting to know who our ancestors were”. Humour aside, Joanne gained a lot from the panel. "The panel reflected on the importance of the communion of love in the family and its relationship to the desire to belong."