Work and rest are intimately tied to the life of the family: they influence decisions, influence the relationship between spouses, and the relationship between parents and children. That's what Pope Benedict told the Pontifical Council for the Family today. The Council launched the official website for the 7th International Meeting of Families with a press conference at the Vatican.
In his letter to the Council the Holy Father said work is thought of in terms of maximum profits and the competitive market, while time off is thought of as escaping and a as a potential time to consume things. He said the next International Meeting for Families is an opportunity to reflect on work and rest from the point of view of the family. You can read more on his message from VIS
Bishop Erminio De Scalzi, an Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Milan, said the Archdiocese of Milan is looking forward to hosting this international meeting and hopes to be able to provide free housing to as many participants as possible by having Milanese families host international families. The archdiocese and the Pontifical Council for the Family estimate that as many as 500,000 people could attend the event, based on the numbers of past meetings.
The Italian version of the website is www.family2012.com
Photo: CNS photo/Joe Kohn, The Michigan Catholic