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5th World Meeting of the Families

The FIFTH WORLD MEETING OF THE FAMILIES (WMF) will be celebrated in Valencia, Spain, from 1-9 July 2006. The theme is “transmission of Faith in the Family.” The Pope will be in the concluding Mass.

The World Meeting of Families (WMF) is a large gathering that the Pope calls every three years to celebrate the divine gift that is the family. It brings together hundreds of thousands of families from the five continents to pray, talk, learn, share and go into depth on the understanding of the role of the Christian family as a domestic Church and basic unit for evangelisation.

«In the family, the future of Humanity is forged», proclaimed John Paul II the Great when he announced the creation of these meetings.

Each WMF is organised by the Pontificial Council for the Family with the participation of the diocese chosen to be the seat.

The next WMF will be held in Valencia in July, 2006, as was decided by John Paul II himself, and has been recently ratified by his sucessor, Benedict XVI.

The initial programme is as follows:

  • International Fair for the Families: 1-7 Jul
  • International Theological and Pastoral Congress: 4-7 July
  • Rosary for the Families: Evening of 7 July
  • Eucharistic Celebrations by Linguistic Groups: Morning of 8 July
  • Festive and Testimonial Meeting: Evening of 8 July
  • Concluding Mass Presided over by the Pope: Morning of 9 July

Visit their website for more information: www.wmf2006.org

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