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POSTPONED: Launch of Preparation for World Meeting of Families 2018

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July 19, 2017

**IMPORTANT UPDATE** Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Launch of Preparation for the World Meeting of Families event at Mt. Schoenstatt set for this coming Sunday, 27th August has been POSTPONED  to a later date. The date is yet to be advised. Every effort has been made to contact those who have registered. Enquiries to Life,… Read More ›

God wants to build bridges not walls: Reflections on Pope Francis’ trip to the US

 By Ben Smith, Director, Family and Life Office Family was at the core of Pope Francis’ trip to the USA at the end of September. He identified, in his General Audience on September 30 that his words and actions from the trip could be symbolised by this statement: “God always wants to build bridges; we… Read More ›

Will Familyfest rival Oktoberfest this October?

Many people, especially those with a German background, will celebrate Oktoberfest this month in pubs around the globe. In parallel with this celebration, Catholics will be celebrating a “Familyfest” of their own during the month of October. The 8th World Meeting of Families was held in Philadelphia, USA from 22 September to 27 September, 2015…. Read More ›

World Meeting of Families: 22-27 September 2015-Two families to represent the Diocese of Parramatta

The World Meeting of Families (WMoF) event was conceived by St Pope John Paul II in 1992 to look at strengthening the sacred bonds of the family unit across the globe. The first WMoF took place in Rome in 1994, the International Year of the Family. Every three years since 1994, families from all over… Read More ›

Aussie couple tell of their joys and fears about marriage while almost speechless in front of the Pope

AUSTRALIAN couple Camillus O’Kane and Kelly Walsh were almost speechless when they spoke to Pope Francis — but when the words came out they had a powerful message. Mr O’Kane, 29, of Yarrawonga in Victoria, and Ms Walsh, 33, of Grong Grong in NSW, were lucky enough to be invited to meet the Holy Father… Read More ›