Zim delegation attends 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin


The Zimbabwean delegation attending this year’s World Meeting of Families event left Harare for Dublin, Ireland for a meeting running from the 21stto the 26thof August 2018. 

The World Meeting of Families is an event that brings together families from across the world to celebrate, pray and reflect upon the central importance of marriage and the family as the cornerstone of our lives, of society and of the Church. 

Upon the realization that there is a need to strengthen the bonds between families and bear witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family in 1994, Pope St John Paul II, asked the Pontifical Council for the Family to establish an international event of prayer, catechesis and celebration that would draw participants from around the globe. 

Since then the meetings have been held after every three years.

This year’s theme as pronounced by the Holy Father, Pope Francis focuses on The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World.

Speaking atRobert Mugabe International airport before departure to Dublin, Dr. Paradza Paradza, the head of Zimbabwe delegation, said the topics set for discussion were important as they affected families and nations at large.

“I am excited to be participating in this premier event for the third time in a row. This year’s topics are drawn from Pope Francis’ teachings in The Joy of Love (Amoris Laetitia). Looking at the topics, it is clear that issues on family are universal. The Role of Technology in the Family; and Building a More Sustainable Approach to the economy, Work and The Environment. These are areas which every nation is grappling with,” said Dr Paradza.

Some of the topics set for discussion include The role of technology in the Family,The impact of conflict on families and childrenand Building a more sustainable approach to the economy, work and the environment.

More topics relate to Faith and familyWomen’s leadership roles, globally and locallyand The role of education in raising families out of poverty

Dr. Paradza also challenged the local church leadership to put in place structures that support the institution of family.

 “With such structures in place, our participation as a diocese and country will increase in numbers” said Dr Paradza

The three day meeting will be followed by a festival of families where groups would showcase their culture. It will be concluded with a Solemn Eucharistic Celebration whose main celebrant would be His Holiness Pope Francis.

By Nonhlanhla Ngwenya


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