Amoris laetitia, the family is the space where we walk together – Vatican News

Amoris laetitia, the family is the space where we walk together In 10 episodes, one each month, we bring you a video with the Pope’s reflections and first-hand testimonies of families from across the world on the theme of the family. The initiative is a joint collaboration between the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life and Vatican News, and aims to ‘re-read’ the Apostolic Exhortation, with the aid of downloadable material prepared for personal and community reflection. Because, as Pope Francis reminds us: being a family is always “primarily an opportunity”. Amoris laetitia (1-7) 1. The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church. As the Synod Fathers noted, for all the many signs of crisis in the institution of marriage, “the desire to marry and form a family remains vibrant, especially among young people, and this is an inspiration to the Church”.1 As a response to that desire, “the Christian proclamation on the family is good news indeed”.  Click here to download the pdf document of pastoral Guide n.1 by the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life for personal and community reflection: Walking Together 2. The Synod process allowed for an...

Families share stories on their experience of “Amoris laetitia” – Vatican News

Families share stories on their experience of “Amoris Laetitia” On March 25, the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, in collaboration with the Dicastery for Communication, will inaugurate an initiative dedicated to the Apostolic Exhortation, five years after its publication. Ten families from around the world will offer their video testimonies reflecting on the papal document. Cardinal Farrell calls it “an invitation to understand today’s challenges and the blessings of family life.” By Alessandro De Carolis “The Joy of Love experienced by families is also the joy of the Church.” The opening words of the Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia, which Pope Francis promulgated on 19 March 2016, express what the prevailing sentiment of the universal Church is toward the “domestic church” of the family. With great care and depth, the 325 paragraphs of the papal document enter into the “flesh” of family fragilities and then revive the beauty of these bonds according to God’s plan. Celebrating 5th anniversary Five years later, the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life has decided to celebrate this anniversary and launch a special year desired by Pope Francis and inspired by Amoris laetitia by offering a series of initiatives. These include a space for the witness of...

Church ‘exults with joy’ at Year Amoris Laetitia Family – Vatican News

Church ‘exults with joy’ at Year Amoris Laetitia Family Officials from the Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, along with a married couple, introduce the Year “Amoris Laetitia Family,” which begins on March 19 – the Solemnity of St Joseph, Spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. By Christopher Wells “The Year ‘Amoris Laetitia Family’ has truly made the Church exult with joy,” says Gabriella Gambino, under-secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. Speaking at a press conference introducing the initiative, Dr Gambino, a wife and mother of five, said the Year “is an occasion to give a boost to pastoral ministry for the family, seeking to renew means and strategies, and perhaps even some of the goals of pastoral planning.” Dr Gambino’s presentation highlighted the efforts of the Dicastery to provide pastoral tools for families, parishes, and dioceses, in order to support their ministries. Heralds of the Good News Also present at the press conference was the prefect of the Dicastery, Cardinal Kevin Farrell. He emphasized that “it belongs to the Church’s mission to always be a herald of the good news of the Gospel.” Recalling the words quoted by Pope Francis at the beginning of Amoris...