CORK will this week welcome a new icon, which is to be the centrepiece of the ‘World Meeting of Families,’ this August in Dublin.
Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Tony Fitzgerald, and Bishop Buckley will welcome the icon at a gathering in the North Cathedral tomorrow, as Ireland prepares to host the event and to welcome Pope Francis. Commissioned for the World Meeting of Families, the icon was made in Dublin at the Redemptoristine Monastery and includes three familiar Gospel stories – the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph, the Wedding Feast at Cana, and the raising of Jairus’ daughter. It is six feet in height and when opened, spans eight feet.
The icon will stay in the cathedral until Monday, February 26 before moving on to the cathedral in Skibbereen until March 2.
It will make its final stop in Bandon until March 5, before moving outside the Rebel county.
On a recent visit to Rome, Fr Charles Kiely, Director of Pastoral Planning and Development in Cork and Ross spoke with Pope Francis about his forthcoming visit to Ireland for the World Meeting of Families in Dublin from August 22 to 26.
Pope Francis personally chose Ireland to be the host for this international gathering of families to recognise its gift of faith across the globe, according to Fr Kiely.
During their conversation, Pope Francis told Fr Kiely of his joy at coming to Ireland for two days of the congress when he will address the gathering on Saturday, August 25 and share in the celebration of music, dance, and culture before presiding at the closing mass the following day.
All are invited tomorrow, including organisations, charities and associations that support families in times of sickness, poverty, disability, homelessness and other difficulties.