The Holy See is calling for the promotion of the family as the “fundamental and basic unit of all societies”, saying its defence needs to be sustained for the common good of the international community. Source: Vatican News.
“The family, after all, is, in many ways, the first school of how to be human and at the same time the family is the centre and the heart of what Paul VI called ‘the civilisation of love’,” Archbishop Ivan Jurkovic, the Holy See’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and Other International Organisations said in Geneva on Tuesday.
He was addressing an interreligious conference on families organised by the World Council of Churches (WCC) ahead of today's United Nations observance of the International Day of Families.
The archbishop expressed concern that “today, too little attention is given to the importance and to the potential of fruitful interchange between generations and to family values.” Individualism appears at odds with the family as a community of persons, and as the initial social unit, he said.
Asserting that “the family remains always the cell of society, and the primary place of education,” the Vatican diplomat noted that the family’s “fundamental role for a peaceful civilisation finds itself increasingly challenged”. However, the fact that families continue to remarkably witness to those values that constitute the foundation of the institution of the family, is a balm of true fraternity that is so much needed in today’s world.
Archbishop Jurkovic pointed out that harsh difficulties such as economic crisis and poverty make it difficult for families to maintain intergenerational bonds as in the past. “The lack of family ties and solidarity nourished by altruism and forgiveness” could lead to dramatic situations.
“As family ties break down,” he said, “millions of children and youth are left without the proper and necessary guidance and are increasingly exposed to risks such as dropping out of school, forced labour, and sexual exploitation.”
He pointed out that the Synod on the Family, in 2014 and 2015, underscored the centrality of the family as the true “school of humanity” which is much needed today.
Holy See reiterates promotion and defence of family (Vatican News)