08/04/2022, 18.17
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The Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur undertakes a year of initiatives dedicated to the family

The year-long programme will end in August 2023, led by the guidelines set at the 10th World Meeting of families held in Rome in late June. Archbishop Leow will lead the inaugural Mass, on 21 August. The goal is to develop the theme chosen by the pope and study the encyclical Amoris Laetitia in depth.

Kuala Lumpur (AsiaNews) – The Archdiocese of Kuala Lumpur is planning a number of activities to promote and support family life as the foundation of society.

The initiative, which will last one year (August 2022-August 2023), is in line with the theme of the 10th World Meeting of Families (WMF) held in late June in Rome centred on “Family life: a vocation and a path to holiness”.

Fr Peter Anthoney, ecclesiastical assistant of the Family Life Commission, told Herald Malaysia that celebrations will begin in the archdiocese with a solemn inaugural Mass in the Cathedral of St John the Evangelist on 21 August.

Archbishop Julian Leow will lead the Eucharistic concelebration, marking the official start of the activities that will go on “throughout the one year".

Guidelines and work will be based on the indications that emerged at the end of the WMF in Rome, paying attention to the many issues affecting family life presented by couples and families.

“We will use some of the guidelines and input from the sessions to organise events for our local Church here in the archdiocese,” Fr Anthoney said.

“Our aim is to develop the theme chosen by the Pope, taking into account some strong indications emerging from Amoris Laetitia (Joy of Love), which was very much present for the possible development of family pastoral care,” he added.

The agenda for 2022-2023 will include revisiting Amoris Laetitia in depth, podcasts on the WMF’s main topics, family worship of the Blessed Sacrament, family rosaries and pilgrimages in October 2022 and May 203, outreach to the poor, single parents, disabled, migrants, and Family Day 2023.

The Archdiocese’s Family Life Commission “anticipates that more families will benefit from the events”, noted Fr Anthoney, who is hopeful that the clergy and the various ministries will provide support and collaboration.

Lastly, “More information and updates will be provided from time to time.”

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