Vatican unveils plans for International Family Center in Nazareth
Archbishiop Vencenzo Paglia (right) and Salvatore Martinez (left) present the International Family Center in Nazareth on April 16, 2013. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA.
Archbishiop Vencenzo Paglia (right) and Salvatore Martinez (left) present the International Family Center in Nazareth on April 16, 2013. Credit: Stephen Driscoll/CNA.
By David Uebbing
Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Addthis

.- The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land.

The project was presented April 16 at a Vatican press conference by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Salvatore Martinez from the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, and Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of the Latin Rite in Jerusalem.

“There are places, endowed with an extraordinary evocative and symbolic strength. Nazareth is one of those. It is the place where Jesus grew up,” where his house and family were, Archbishop Paglia said as he emphasized some of the reasons for choosing Nazareth as the location.

“It is a land—today even more than at his time—full of tension and pain. But perhaps precisely because of this, it is a land that more than any other claims the right to peace and universal brotherhood. … Christian families can become co-authors of this dream,” the archbishop stated.

Salvatore Martinez, who is the national president of Renewal in the Holy Spirit, hopes that the center will “become a privileged place for spreading the 'Gospel of the Family,' a 'showcase' of all the beautiful, the good, the true, and the just that the family offers and witnesses to in the world.”

The project took a major step in October 2012 when Pope Benedict XVI officially erected a foundation based in Vatican City by the same name, giving it the legal status it needed to proceed. The International Family Center in Nazareth Foundation was officially launched under the auspices of the Pontifical Council for the Family on Jan. 18, 2013.

The center will be built on a hill that overlooks the city and the Basilica of the Annunciation. The Holy See already owns some of the land that will be used, while another parcel will have to be purchased.

The total cost of the project is estimated to be 12 million euro (15.75 million dollars).

Once it is fully operational the family center will have a 500-seat auditorium, a diocesan pastoral center, meeting and study rooms, a 500-seat church, lodging for a residential community, a 100-room hotel with a restaurant designed to accommodate families, a playground and an outdoor children's entertainment area.

Archbishop Paglia described the center’s mission as being a place that encourages the spirituality of the family, provides formation of parental and family life and helps families prepare to engage in the New Evangelization.

“It will be a permanent observatory of study on family ministry in the world, especially in the Holy Land and the Middle East. … And it will be a material support to families in need, especially in the Holy Land, through international fund raising projects,” he added.

At the press conference, Martinez also announced the launch of the Portal of the Family, an online site developed under the concept of a “gift economy.”

The portal aims to provide a wide range of free services from doctors, psychologists, economists, lawyers, educators and priests who will interact with families to support grandparents, parents and children in their Christian lives. It will only be available in Italian at first but other languages, including English, are planned for the future.

Tags: Vatican, Holy Land, Family, Pontifical Council for the 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

Featured Videos

Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Little Sisters of the Poor press conference in Denver
Family thrilled to see Pope Francis in Istanbul
Syrian Refugee, Sara, 14, Before Meeting Pope
Ebola orphans thousands of children in West Africa
One year after Haiyan: Philippines rebuilds homes, lives
An Indian contribution to the Vatican's Synod on the Family
Christ Cathedral CNA video Sept 2014
Alejandro Bermudez of CNA accepts ice bucket challenge
'The Real Albania,' remembering those who fled
Pope Francis in Albania, "one of the most important visits of the post-communist era in Albania"
Pope Francis greets paralyzed man who risked all to see him
Franciscans on the banks of the Tiber in Rome, working for the New Evangelization
Pilgrimage from Czech Republic to Assisi and Rome for intentions
Testimony of young Indian who met Pope in Korea
Preparations of the Closing Mass of 6th Asian Youth Day
Missionary of Charity, Korea
Testimony of Christian Love during Pope's Visit to Korea
Religious Sisters in South Korea react to Pope Francis kissing a baby
Warm atmosphere during Holy Mass at Daejeon World Cup Stadium
Images inside Pope Francis flight to South Korea

Liturgical Calendar

December 19, 2014

Advent Weekday

All readings:
Today »
This year »

Catholic Daily

Gospel of the Day

Mt 21:23-27


Daily Readings

First Reading:: Judg 13: 2-7, 24-25A
Gospel:: Lk 1: 5-25

Saint of the Day

St. Romuald »


Homily of the Day

Mt 21:23-27