Cardinal Scola sees signs of revival in Christian family life
By David Kerr
Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan speaks May 22, 2012 at the Vatican's press office about the World Meeting of Families.
Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan speaks May 22, 2012 at the Vatican's press office about the World Meeting of Families.

.- On the eve of Pope Benedict’s visit to the 7th World Meeting of Families in Milan, the city’s archbishop believes there are real signs of hope that Christian family life is undergoing a revival.

“I think that the signs are not few,” Cardinal Angelo Scola of Milan told CNA on May 31.

“It is enough to look at the reality that still today the great majority of parents and grandparents want what is technically called ‘Christian initiation,’ that is to say the introduction and accompaniment of their children to a personal encounter with Jesus in the Christian community.”
The five-day gathering in the northern Italian city runs from May 30 to June 3 and is examining the theme “The Family: Work and Celebration.” The event is often compared to World Youth Day but for Catholic families rather than just young people. It brings together hundreds of thousands of people from over 150 countries to pray, celebrate and study marriage and family life.

Cardinal Scola hopes this year’s meeting will highlight the many reasons for hope in present-day family life which “are spoken about very little” since there is “always a tendency to put the spotlight on the most problematic elements.”

He explained that in his parish visits as Archbishop of Milan he is starting to see “an enormous variety of experiences, new relationships, sharing, and attention to broken families by numerous Christian families.”

He is also witnessing a strengthening of inter-generational solidarity during the current financial crisis, with families “trying to maintain a unity among their different generations.” This is often giving hard-pressed married couples “room to breathe,” he said.

Tomorrow, June 1, Pope Benedict will begin the first of his three days in Milan. He will arrive in the late afternoon, at which point he will address pilgrims and attend a concert in his honor at the world-famous Scala Theatre. His visit will reach its climax on Sunday, June 3 with the celebration of a morning Mass with families at the city’s Bresso Park.

Tags: Pope Benedict, Family

Ads by AdsLiveMedia(What's this?)

* The number of messages that can be online is limited. CNA reserves the right to edit messages for content and tone. Comments and opinions expressed by users do not necessarily reflect the opinions or beliefs of CNA. CNA will not publish comments with abusive language, insults or links to other pages


Ads by Google (What's this?)
Ads by Google (What's this?)

Featured Videos

Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis celebrates the closing Mass and announces site of next World Youth Day
Pope Francis visits poor neighborhood and meets with young people from Argentina
Pope Francis celebrates Mass at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Aparecida
Denver rally draws hundreds in support of religious freedom
Pope Francis prays over a sick man in St Peter's Square
Denver women's clinic will offer natural, Catholic care
Interview Clips: Barbara Nicolosi speaks to CNA
US Cardinals press conference at North American College
Pope Benedict to retire to monastery inside Vatican City
Pope cites waning strength as reason for resignation
Hundreds convene in Denver to urge respect for life
New Orange bishop encourages Catholic unity in diversity
Chinese pro-life activist calls for reform, international attention
At Lincoln installation, Bishop Conley says holiness is success
Mother Cabrini shrine reopens in Chicago after a decade
Ordination of 33 deacons fills St. Peter's with joy
Cardinal says "Charity is the mother of all the virtues"
Augustine Institute expands evangelization effort with new campus
Bishops recall 'Way of St. James' as chance to trust in God
Los Angeles cathedral's newest chapel houses Guadalupe relic

Liturgical Calendar

April 19, 2014

Holy Saturday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Gen 1:1-2:2
Gospel:: Mt 28:1-10

Saint of the Day

Blessed James Oldo »


Homily of the Day

Mt 28:1-10


Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com

Ads by AdsLiveMedia.com
Text only

Follow us: