Source: Vatican Media
Organisers of the World Meeting of Families (WMOF) say excitement is growing ahead of Pope Francis' visit, with all tickets now fully booked, including the closing Papal Mass in Dublin's Phoenix Park.
In an interview with Vatican News, Brenda Drumm, WMOF Media Director, said anticipation is growing in Dublin in the run-up to the six-day gathering (from August 21-26). Momentum began to build up after the announcement that Pope Francis would be attending for the final two days.
Brenda said said many Catholics like what the Pope is already saying about family issues and his message resonates strongly with them, whether they are old or young. "I think for a lot of people he has become the Pope of the Family .. they like his style, they like his message," she said.
Brenda said Irish people can see and appreciate that Pope Francis has a clear understanding about the daily realities of family life with all its ups and downs: "He gets family life .. the joys but also the challenges .. that sometimes plates can fly and children bring headaches."
Another plus in the eyes of the people is that Pope Francis "speaks up for families, speaks up for life." Brenda said in Ireland "young people in particular, are very very encouraged by his messages around social justice issues" such as migrants and refugees or caring for the environment.
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