#IamChurch: “We” not “they” – disability in the life of the Church

Promoted by the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, the #IamChurch initiative consists in five videos demonstrating the daily struggles of persons with disabilities who, far from feeling burdensome or “set aside”, provide their own specific contribution within their ecclesial communities. “‘We’ not ‘they’ – disability in the life of the Church” is the title of the fourth video. By Vatican News staff reporter The fourth video in the #IamChurch series is a reflection by Australian Jesuit priest, Fr. Justin Glyn S.J., who – starting from his condition of disability – addresses the issue of limits, which belongs to every human being. Fr. Glyn – who has dealt with similar topics in an issue of Civiltà Cattolica and in numerous other essays – refutes the idea, still too widespread, that disability is a fault. Rather, he affirms: “Our limitations are not misfortunes or punishments, but are part of the secret of our condition as human beings who, in their own way, share the image of God and together build the Body of Christ.” It is in this perspective that, when speaking of disability in the life of the Church, it is possible to say – finally – “We” and not “They.”...

Press Conference for the presentation of the X World Meeting of Families

The X World Meeting of Families will take place in Rome from 22 to 26 June 2022 on the theme “Family Love: a vocation and a path to Holiness” This morning at 11:30 a.m., a press conference was held in live streaming from the Holy See Press Office for the presentation of the X World Meeting of Families, to be held in Rome from June 22 to 26, 2022, on the theme of “Family Love: a vocation and a path to holiness”. Speakers included: H. E. Card. Kevin Farrell, Prefect of the Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life; H. E. Card. Angelo De Donatis, Vicar General of His Holiness for the Diocese of Rome; Ms. Gabriella Gambino, Under-secretary of the Dicastery for Laity, Family, Life; Msgr. Walter Insero, Director of the Social Communications Office of the Diocese of Rome; Giovanni and Elisabetta Scifoni, a family representing the Diocese of Rome. In the hall there were also Msgr. Marco Frisina, author of the Hymn for the X World Meeting of Families and Fr. Marko Ivan Rupnik, who painted the image that is the symbol of the event.   Photos Imf Roma 2022Anno Famiglia Amoris Laetitia Source: Press Conference for the presentation of...

A Vatican office rallies the strength of the laity – Vatican News

The Holy See’s Dicasteries recounted from the inside: history, goals and mission – a look at how the offices work that support the Pope’s ministry. The prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell, describes the work of his office in this interview. By Alessandro De Carolis Five years in existence and three areas of competence as big as the world can be summarized in a single word: laity. Pope Francis created this new structure of the Holy See in response to his wish to bring together men and women of every background, culture and part of the world. The Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life is the privileged place and observatory to discern and promote all that can give prominence to the lay vocation in the Church and the world. The Dicastery is made up mostly of lay employees, with a budget of two million euros for 2021. According to Cardinal Kevin Joseph Farrell who heads this office, the Dicastery has at heart the wellbeing of the family and all its components, not only spouses, but also children, young people, grandparents, and people with disabilities. The aim is to promote reflection in anthropological, moral,...

Lighting Hearts on Fire – “The Joy of Love & Family Conference Series” online

Lighting Hearts on Fire is a campaign of spiritual renewal within the Diocese of Metuchen that seeks to bring about a renewed zeal for evangelization among the faithful. The Diocese of Paterson, in collaboration with the other four Roman Catholic Dioceses in New Jersey, presents “The Joy of Love & Family,” a conference series in celebration of the Year of the Family as declared by Pope Francis. This series of free talks will premiere over six months, covering topics for every stage of family life. One of the June talks is presented by Fr. Donald Calloway, MIC. Watch his video on “Protecting the Family Through the Rosary and Devotion to St. Joseph.” New to family prayer or looking to add another form of prayer to use with your family? Visio divina, “divine seeing,” is a form of prayer through art. Join us for a Zoom call with the founder of Behold, a prayer with art companion, to learn how to use this digital guide to introduce prayer to your kids in an engaging way! The Zoom Call will be held on July 6 time 8-9pm.  Please register to receive the secure Zoom Link.  I want to join! The Full Conference...