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Diocese of

Hexham and Newcastle

Bishop Robert Byrne CO

Reflection on the Gift of Marriage and Family Life


Pope Francis has announced that on Friday 19 March 2021 the Church will celebrate five years of his Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia”, on the beauty and joy of love in the family. On the same day he will launch the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family” which will conclude on 26 June 2022, on the occasion of the X World Meeting of Families in Rome with the Holy Father (22 – 26 June 2022).


Amoris Laetitia, ‘The Joy of Love’, is the 2016 post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation “on Love in the Family”. It brings together the results of the two Synods on the family convoked by Pope Francis in 2014 and 2015.

Please click on this link to read the document and a helpful summary: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/amorislaetitia


Pope Francis has decided to institute throughout the Church the celebration of World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly, which will be held beginning this year on the fourth Sunday in July (25 July 2021), near the liturgical memory of Saints Joachim and Anne, grandparents of Jesus (26 July 2021).


Documents and Links from Bishops of England and Wales:

Family Document – The Call, the Journey and the Mission (700k)

Clergy Document (200k)

Link to Scripture Reflections on Marriage and Family Life


If you wish to find out more about Marriage and Family Life, please contact the Faith and Mission Team.