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Wednesday, October 7, 2015

The spirit of the family is the constitutional charter of the Church

Vatican City, 7 October 2015 (VIS) – During the period of the Synod dedicated to “The vocation and the mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world”, the catechesis of the Wednesday general audiences will focus on various aspects of the relationship between the Church and the family, the Pope announced this morning to the thousands of faithful gathered in St. Peter's Square. Francis asked all to pray for a good outcome of the Synod assembly, and underlined that the family deserves all the dedication of which the Church is capable, and therefore the Synod is called upon to interpret the care of the Church for the family in our times.

“Men and women of today are in need of a robust injection of family spirit”, he continued. “Indeed, the style of relations – civil, economic, legal, professional, and as citizens – would appear very rational, formal and organised, but also very 'dehydrated', arid and anonymous. At times this becomes unbearable. While seeking to be inclusive in its forms, in reality it abandons an ever greater number of people to solitude and exclusion”.

The family, however, “opens for the whole of society a far more human prospect: it opens children's eyes onto life … and introduces them to the need for bonds of fidelity, sincerity, trust, cooperation and respect; it encourages the planning of an inhabitable world and the belief in relationships of trust, even in difficult situations. … And we are all aware of the indispensable nature of the care of the family for its smallest members, the most vulnerable, the wounded, and even those who have encountered the most disasters in the conduct of their lives”.

Nevertheless, the Pope remarked, “the family is not granted due recognition or support in the political and social organisation of contemporary society. I would add: not only does the family not receive adequate recognition, but it no longer generates learning. At times it would seem that, in spite of all its science and technology, modern society is still not able to translate this knowledge into better forms of civil coexistence. … In this situation, the opposite extremes of this brutalisation of relationships – that is, technocratic obtuseness and amoral familism – come together and feed into one another. It is a paradox”.

“The Church perceives today, at this precise point, the historical meaning of her mission with regard to the family and genuine family spirit; starting from a careful revision of life. .. It could be said that the 'family spirit' is a constitutional charter for the Church. This is how Christianity should appear and should be. … The Church is and must be the family of God”.

The Pope recalled that when Jesus invited Peter to follow Him, He said that He would have made him a “fisher of men”. “And this called for a new type of net. We could say that today families are one of the most important nets for the mission of Peter and the Church. It is not a net that takes prisoners! On the contrary, it liberates from the treacherous waters of abandonment and indifference, that drown many human beings in a sea of loneliness and indifference. Families are well aware of the dignity of being sons and not slaves or outsiders”.

“From here, from the family, Jesus begins again his path among human beings to persuade them that God has not forgotten them. From here Peter takes strength for his ministry. From here the Church, in obedience to the Word of the Master, goes out to fish offshore, sure that if it takes place, the catch will be miraculous. May the enthusiasm of the Synod Fathers, inspired by the Holy Spirit, kindle the zeal of a Church that abandons the old nets and goes out to fish again, trusting in the Word of her Lord. Let us pray intensely for this! Indeed, Christ promised and reassures us: if even a bad father does not refuse to give bread to his hungry children, of course God would not refuse to give the Spirit to those who, imperfect as they are, ask with impassioned insistence”.

Rapporteurs and moderators of the Circuli Minori of the Synod

Vatican City, 7 October 2015 (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office today published the following list of rapporteurs and moderators of the Circuli Minori:

Circulus Gallicus “A”: Archbishop Laurent Ulrich of Lille, France, elected
Circulus Gallicus “B”: Msgr. Francois-Xavier Dumortier, S.J,. elected
Circulus Gallicus “C”: Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher, elected
Circulus Anglicus “A”: Archbishop Joseph Edward Kurtz, elected
Circulus Anglicus “B”: Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, elected
Circulus Anglicus “C”: Bishop Mark Benedict Coleridge, elected
Circulus Anglicus “D”: Archbishop Charles Chaput, O.F.M. Cap., elected
Circulus Italicus “A”: Rev. Fr. Manuel Jesus Arroba Conde, C.M.F., elected
Circulus Italicus “B”: Cardinal Mauro Piacenza, elected
Circulus Italicus “C”: Bishop Franco Giulio Brambilla, elected
Circulus Hibericus “A”: Cardinal Jose Luis Lacunza Maestrojuan, O.A.R.,elected
Circulus Hibericus “B”: Archbishop Baltazar Porras Cardozo, elected
Circulus Germanicus: Archbishop Heiner Koch, elected
Circulus Gallicus “A”: Cardinal Gerald Cyprien Lacroix, elected
Circulus Gallicus “B”: Cardinal Robert Sarah, elected
Circulus Gallicus “C”: Maurice Piat, C.S.Sp., elected
Circulus Anglicus “A”: Cardinal George Pell, elected
Circulus Anglicus “B”: Cardinal Vincent Nichols, elected
Circulus Anglicus “C”: Eamon Martin, elected
Circulus Anglicus “D”: Cardinal Thomas Christopher Collins, elected
Circulus Italicus “A”: Cardinal Francesco Montenegro, elected
Circulus Italicus “B”: Cardinal Edoardo Menichelli, elected
Circulus Italicus “C”: Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, elected
Circulus Hibericus “A”: Cardinal Oscar Rodriguez Maradiaga, S.D.B. elected
Circulus Hibericus “B”: Cardinal Francisco Robles Ortega, elected
Circulus Germanicus: Cardinal Christoph Schonborn, O.P.,elected

Other Pontifical Acts

Vatican City, 7 October 2015 (VIS) – The Holy Father has appointed:

- Fr. Luy Gonzaga Nguyen Hung Vi as bishop of Kontum (area 25,240, population 1,775,200, Catholics 300,649, priests 169, religious 477), Vietnam. The bishop-elect was born in Ha Noi, Vietnam, in 1952, and was ordained a priest in 1990. He holds a licentiate in liturgy from the Institut Catholique of Paris, France, and has served as parish vicar of Binh Cang in Nha Trang, director of the minor seminary of Kontum in Ho Chi Minh City, and secretary of the episcopal office in Kontum. He is currently pastor of the parish of Phuong Nghia, Kontum. He succeeds Bishop Michael Hoang Duc Oanh, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.

- Bishop Carmelo Cuttitta, auxiliary of the archdiocese of Palermo, Italy, as bishop of Ragusa (area 1,029, population 221,835, Catholics 213,252, priests 130, permanent deacons 8, religious 276), Italy. He succeeds Bishop Paolo Urso, whose resignation from the pastoral care of the same diocese upon reaching the age limit was accepted by the Holy Father.

- Fr. Peter Huynh Van Hai as bishop of Vinh Long (area 6,772, population 3,976,552, Catholics 199,404, priests 205, religious 775), Vietnam. The bishop-elect was born in 1954 in Ben Tre, Vietnam, and was ordained a priest in 1994. He holds a doctorate in philosophy from the Institut Catholique of Paris, France, and has served as head of vocations for the diocese of Vinh Long. He is currently lecturer in philosophy in the major seminaries of Can Tho and Ho Chi Minh City.
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