The Holy See Press Office released the document “Family: Work and Celebration”, the preparatory catecheses for the VII World Meeting of Families. The gathering will take place in
Taking part in the presentation were Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family; Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi, archbishop of Milan; Bishop Franco Giulio Brambilla, auxiliary of that same archdiocese, coordinator of the workgroup responsible for editing the preparatory catecheses and co-president of the academic preparatory committee for the theological-pastoral convention; Fr. Gianfranco Grieco, O.F.M., bureau chief in the Pontifical Council for the Family; and Fr. Davide Milani, head of social communications for the archdiocese of Milan.
Cardinal Antonelli mentioned that the dicastery over which he presides is celebrating the 30th anniversary of its foundation, just like the John Paul II Pontifical Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family. He further explained that the gathering in
For his part, Cardinal Tettamanzi hoped that the catecheses could “serve as guide for dioceses around the world, transforming into a point of reference that is useful even beyond initiatives of pastoral care for family and work. It is necessary to disseminate the information widely so that, thanks also to translations, these characteristic materials and intuitions do not remain exclusive to just a few and do not simply constitute an intra-ecclesial patrimony”.
Bishop Franco Giulio Brambilla noted that the catecheses “form a trio that begins from the family to open it to the world. Work and celebration are the forms within which the family inhabits social space and lives human time. … The first group of catecheses confronts the way of living relationships at home”. A home that “necessarily becomes a space of acceptance and a place where a profound intimacy between the couple and between parents and children is safeguarded. … The second group introduces the theme of work in daily life, … which cannot be just a means of economic support but the place of personal identity and social relationship. … The third group concentrates on the manner in which the family celebrates. It is difficult in today’s situations to live Sunday as a time of celebration … modern humanity has invented free time but seems to have forgotten the celebration … This is why the family needs to engrave on its lifestyle the sense of celebration … as a community of encounter”.
On 28 March, the Pontifical Council for the Family initiated the site www.familia.va to provide information on the dicastery’s activities and main projects. Among other sections is included one dedicated to the World Meeting of Families in