3 March, 2015 AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook            

Help AsiaNews | About us | P.I.M.E. | | RssNewsletter | Mobile





mediazioni e arbitrati, risoluzione alternativa delle controversie e servizi di mediazione e arbitrato
e-mail this to a friend printable version


» 05/29/2012
VATICAN - ITALY
The 7th World Meeting of Families opens with an eye on hope and the economic crisis
by Bernardo Cervellera
The normal family, united in matrimony with two or more children, "is happier," says Card Antonelli. It shapes in a positive way society and the workplace. Cultural, political and economic forces must support it. For Card Scola, the meeting is an exceptional event that can support ordinary life. "Radiant" stories are a contrast to an inward looking world.

Milan (AsiaNews) - The 7th World Meeting of Families is "an extraordinary event that can support ordinary life," said Card Angelo Scola, archbishop of Milan (pictured) during a press conference in one of the halls of the Milan Convention Centre (Fiera Milano City). The meeting (30 May-1 June) took three years to prepare. It will host hundreds of speakers and 7,000 representatives from about 150 countries. Some 5,400 volunteers will be at hand to help visitors, not to mention local parishes and families who opened their doors to welcome conventioneers. Contrary to a widespread belief that such large gatherings come to nothing, this meeting "will be felt in Milan, Lombardy and around the world," Card Scola said. This is because the "normal family, constituted by a man and a woman, tied by bond of fidelity and open to life" is a resource and an asset in contemporary society.  

Card Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, spoke in the defence of the normal family against other forms of association as a real support for society and the economy.  "The normal family, united in matrimony with two or more children, is happier" than all other forms of union, the cardinal said, citing the results of a study that will presented more extensively in the coming days. For this reason, "it is to the greater advantage" of society.

"Even when it is poorer," such a family "is richer in human relations between spouses, parents, children and siblings." This "wealth" has an external impact as well because "it produces quality human capital that can face the task of work and participate in the celebration of religious rites. This has in turn a positive feedback on work."

For the cardinal, cultural, political and economic forces should not penalise family life, which should be protected instead by specific laws, taxes and part-time employment. Sunday should also be a day of rest.

With 'Family: work and celebration' as its central theme, the meeting focused on the family's public dimension. Hence, work is where the family meets the outside world, celebration is how it "humanises" time.

During the meeting, a pastoral theological congress will also take place, Mgr Franco Brambilla, bishop of Novara. The three-day congress will show how the family can be an "engine" that opens up society. This way, it will be possible see how the wider structures of work influence the family, the couple and children's education. It is hoped it will also show how family life can "humanise" such structures.

Various participants will speak in morning sessions. Other activities are scheduled for the afternoon of 31 May in a number of cities in the region of Lombardy. The same will happen at various venues in the city of Milan on the afternoon of 1 June. Thus, people from around the world will have an opportunity to relate their own experience.

For Eugenia Scabini, dean of the Faculty of Psychology at Milan's Catholic University, and consultor (adviser) to the Pontifical Council, the meeting and the stories people bring will be a "radiant" contribution to a world caught up in nothing but tragedies, a sort of gift families make to society. "Presenting people who live generously and openly at a time when everyone looks inward" is "a gift to families of believers and non-believers alike."

For the schedule of activities, go to Family2012.

For the first time, the World Meeting of Families will host a meeting for children and teenagers centred on the idea of the garden. It will in fact be located in a garden where participants will learn to recognise, protect and celebrate its life.

For the duration of the meeting, Benedict XVI will impart plenary indulgence to all participants, via mass media as well.

At the end of their press conference, Cardinals Scola and Antonelli together with Lombardy President Roberto Formigoni inaugurated the International Family Fair, an exhibition area for organisations, associations, movements and trade unions devoted to the defence of the family.

 


e-mail this to a friend printable version

See also
06/02/2012 VATICAN - ITALY
Pope: Love of Christ in celibacy, source of communion and mission for families
by Bernardo Cervellera
05/31/2012 VATICAN - ITALY
Family as a safe asset in a precarious world and workplace
by Bernardo Cervellera
07/06/2006 VATICAN
Pope to visit Spain to promote the Christian family, free from individualist culture
by Franco Pisano
07/08/2006 VATICAN- SPAIN - FAMILY
Pope tells governments not to obstacle the family, font of love and joy
11/23/2007 VATICAN
World Meetings of Families to encourage embattled family, says Cardinal Trujillo

Editor's choices
EGYPT - ISLAM
What Tayeb and Sisi said is big step towards a revolution in Islam
by Samir Khalil SamirThe grand imam of Al-Azhar slammed literalist interpretations of the Qur'an and the Sunnah, as fundamentalists and Islamic terrorists do. He supports the urgent need for Islam's reform, especially in terms of teaching lay people and clerics. He also calls for an end to mutual excommunication (takfir) between Sunnis and Shias. Egyptian President al-Sisi chose to fight the Islamic state group after it beheaded 21 Coptic Christians, whom he called "Egyptian citizens" with full rights.
SAUDI ARABIA - ISLAM
For head of Al-Azhar, religious education reform is needed to stop Islamic extremismFor Ahmed al-Tayeb, it is urgent to come up with new educational programmes to avoid "corrupt interpretations" of the Qur'an and Sunnah. Islamic terrorism undermines the unity of the Muslim world. He blames Mideast tensions on a "new global colonialism allied to world Zionism". a speech by the Saudi king is read at the conference.
HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
It looks like someone is trying to shout us down
by Card. Joseph Zen Ze-kiunThe widespread optimism concerning the dialogue between the Holy See and China is largely groundless. Some Chinese bishops unable to speak freely are asked "leading" questions. The key issues remain unresolved, namely episcopal appointments and the fate of the Chinese Catholic Patriotic Association. Benedict XVI's Letter to Chinese Catholics, also cited by Pope Francis, provides guidelines. No agreement is better than a bad agreement. What happened to Msgr. Cosma Shi Enxiang and Msgr. James Su Zhimin? Hong Kong's bishop emeritus, champion of religious freedom in China, delivers a vibrant reflection.

Dossier

by Giulio Aleni / (a cura di) Gianni Criveller
pp. 176
Copyright © 2003 AsiaNews C.F. 00889190153 All rights reserved. Content on this site is made available for personal, non-commercial use only. You may not reproduce, republish, sell or otherwise distribute the content or any modified or altered versions of it without the express written permission of the editor. Photos on AsiaNews.it are largely taken from the internet and thus considered to be in the public domain. Anyone contrary to their publication need only contact the editorial office which will immediately proceed to remove the photos.