Lunedì, 24 Settembre 2018

Vatican moves forward on family center in Nazareth


Vatican City, April 16 - John Paul II's
long-awaited family center in Nazareth is about to get off the
ground, according to the Vatican on Tuesday.
The 12-million-euro structure has been on paper since the
late pope first announced his plan to build it in 1997 at World
Family Day in Rio de Janeiro.
But flare-ups in regional violence around the town Jesus
called home forced organizers to suspend their efforts.
Now the Vatican says the International Family Center of
Nazareth should be built in two and a half years.
"It will be a center for family spirituality, a permanent
observatory for pastoring families and offering material support
to families in need," said Bishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of
the pontifical council for the family.
The bishop of Nazareth, Giacinto Marcuzzo, said the project
could be an instrument for peace in the region.
"Peace between states, peoples and religions begins with
peace within the individual and the family," he said.

(photo: John Paul II in Rio de Janeiro, 1997)

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