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Tagle to lead Pontifical Council for the Family discussions in Rome

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MANILA, Oct. 18, 2013—Manila Archbishop Luis Antonio Cardinal Tagle will lead one of the meetings of the upcoming XXI Plenary Assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family slated on October 24 at the Domus Pacis in Rome. 

The event marks the 30th anniversary of the Charter of Rights of the Family. Tagle will moderate the first of the seven interventions in the event’s program. 

Dubbed, “Families, live the joy of faith” the meeting will be highlighted by a ‘Pilgrimage of Families’ to the tomb of the Apostle Peter in celebration of the ‘Year of Faith’. 

The themes chosen for the meeting are aimed to provide a light on the interdisciplinary theme of the Rights of the Family. 

The pilgrimage to the tomb of Peter was proposed because the apostle has led God’s family to, ‘union and reconciliation, educating and communicating, choosing and deciding, trust and hope, with joy and gladness.’ 

About 150,000 pilgrims are expected to join the Pilgrimage of Families to the tomb of St. Peter, with Pope Francis on October 26 and 27. 

Bishop Jean Laffitte, secretary of the Pontifical Council is calling for a large participation, to show how the rights of the family are among the “inviolable rights of the human person, because the family somehow belongs to the person, it is an extension, a place of realization, and it is the subject of rights prior to the legal recognition of the State, which indeed constitute its foundation.” 

“When the Church reflects on the rights of the family, She contributes to the intelligibility and the consolidation of the common good, the shared concern of all men of good will,” Bishop Laffitte said. (CBCP for Life)


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