Teachers and students of marriage and the family met in Rome (March 20‐21) along with bishops from all over the world to reflect upon and analyse the legacy of John Paul II on the family. The meeting, organized by the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies of Marriage and the Family, received the patronage of the Council of European Catholic Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), which also supervised the final session. The purpose of the final session of the meeting was analysing the resources of family ministry in the light of current challenges. The session was chaired by Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops and moderated by Mgr. Duarte da Cunha, Secretary General of CCEE, benefitted from the contribution of several European experts.
Cardinal Baldisseri urged participants to use this time of preparation for the forthcoming Synod as an opportunity to debate on the topic of the family and make visible the beauty of the teaching of the Church, as witnessed on a daily basis by the life of many Christian families.
Download testimony presented during the final session by Elizabeth Davies, Marriage & Family Life Project Officer at the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales.