Cardinal Angelo Scola, the archbishop of Milan, told media at a Vatican press conference that the Vatican has committed itself to holding as one of its highest priorities the World Meeting of Families, held every three years in different cities around the world. Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said that subjects to be covered in the catechesis at the event, already translated into 11 languages, will be “inter-religious marriage, regulation of fertility, demography, the ethic of life from conception to natural death, the ethics of health, the rights of minors.”
Officials expect at least a million to attend the Papal Mass launching the event, and at least 300,000 to attend the Feast of Testimonies.
The World Meeting of Families is a major project of the Vatican and a favourite movement of Pope Benedict XVI who has mentioned it twice in public speeches in the last two weeks. From May 30th May to June 3rd, officials and family-promoting NGOs and groups will discuss the theme, “The Family: Work and Celebration”.