Pilgrims attending the World Meeting of Families from Brooklyn and Queens visited St. Patrick’s Cathedral this week – but not the one they’re familiar with in Manhattan.
In an opening address for the World Meeting of Families, Archbishop Eamon Martin confronted many of the most neuralgic issues facing the Church today, ranging from abortion to gay marriage and clerical sex abuse, and pledged that “no one is excluded from the circle of God’s love.”
Pope Francis’ pastoral visit to Ireland this weekend will be carried live on NET-TV, the cable television of the Diocese of Brooklyn.
As he prepared to travel to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Francis said he hoped his visit would “remind us all of the essential place of the family in the life of society and in the building of a better future for today’s young people.”
A portion of the 2018 World Meeting of Families pilgrims from the Shrine Church of St. Gerard Majella, Hollis, received a special send-off blessing during a vigil Mass Aug. 18.
A large contingent of Catholics from the Brooklyn Diocese are in Ireland for the World Meeting of Families. One stop on their trip: Our Lady of Knock Shrine.
After facing intense scrutiny for his handling of sex abuse cases in Pittsburgh in the 1980s and 1990s, Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington, D.C., has withdrawn from participating in the World Meeting of Families in Ireland.
“The person who falls in love with me, will have to fall in love with the four of us,” is what Pablo Lonegro told Liliana Perez when they met over two decades ago. Soon after, the friendship they’d fostered after meeting turned to love, and they married, personifying the real-life version of the 1968 classic film “Yours, Mine and Ours” or the ’70s television series “The Brady Bunch.”
The issue of LGBT families has dogged the ninth World Meeting of Families since it was revealed that an image of a gay couple was edited for a preparatory booklet, and Los Angeles Auxiliary Bishop David G. O’Connell’s comments on gay families were deleted from a video.
One of Ireland’s top bishops says that while the upcoming World Meeting of Families this August must offer a “clear and positive vision for family,” rooted in the traditional understanding of marriage, the Church also must not be marred by homophobia.