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FAMILY COMMISSION

 

 

"In their family they should cultivate the Franciscan spirit of peace, fidelity, and respect for life, striving to make of it a sign of a world already renewed in Christ. By living the grace of matrimony, husbands and wives in particular should bear witness in the world to the love of Christ for his Church.

They should joyfully accompany their children on their human and spiritual journey by providing a simple and open Christian education and being attentive to the vocation of each child" (Rule OFS Article 17).

 

Dear brothers and sisters:

 

Peace and good.

 

When we are attentive to our families and their needs, when we understand their difficulties and hopes, we strengthen the Church’s witness and proclamation of the Gospel. Particularly by supporting marital love and fidelity, we help the faithful to live their vocation freely and joyfully, and we open new generations to the life of Christ and his Church. (Address of Pope Francis to Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Sri Lanka on their “Ad limina Visit, May 23, 2014).

 

During the Presidency meeting of March 2015, it was agreed that to fulfill one of the decisions of the General Chapter of November 2014, and to be in communion with the Church at this time, a commission for the "Family" be formed.