The President of the Irish Council of Churches, Rev Brian Anderson, together with other Church Leaders, will attend the State reception for Pope Francis in Dublin Castle and the ‘Festival of Families’ in Croke Park tomorrow Saturday 25th August.
Speaking ahead of the engagements Rev Anderson said:
“I am delighted to be representing the Irish Council of Churches at these events. Pope Francis has shown great leadership in promoting relationships of respect and understanding among Christians, and between people of all faiths and none. His visit will provide a valuable opportunity for reflection about the role of churches in responding to the needs of an increasingly pluralist society. It has been an encouragement to see how the news of Pope Francis’ visit has been received by the Irish Churches. This is a clear indication of the strength of ecumenical relationships in Ireland today.
“It is significant that his visit takes place in the context of the World Meeting of Families. For churches, our care for the family is a central part of our contribution to society and our concern for the common good. As part of the preparations for the World Meeting of Families we organised an inter–church meeting on the theme ‘Proclaiming Christ to Families Today’ which focussed our attention on our response, as Christians, to the many challenges facing families and family life in contemporary Irish society. It is to be hoped that the World Meeting of Families and the visit of Pope Francis will not only serve as a great encouragement to our Catholic neighbours, but will bring a powerful message of solidarity and hope to all families who are struggling.”