Recently, the Vatican Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life (DLFV) announced the Vatican’s plan to create a Catholic Global Compact on the Family. The initiative will be in partnership with the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences (PASS), in collaboration with the International Center of Family Studies (CISF), based in Milan, Italy.
The Catholic Global Compact on the Family aims to promote the family throughout the world and will also involve various Catholic universities from five continents. It will also celebrate the Amoris Laetitia Family Year proclaimed by Pope Francis for 2021. (Read: 3 Ways To Bring Your Family Closer to God Amid Mass Suspensions During ECQ)
Importance of family
The Catholic Global Compact on the Family is part of the Church’s initiatives in light of the Social Doctrine of the Church.
According to the DFLV, the Compact will include researches and studies done by Catholic universities across the globe on “the cultural and anthropological importance of the family and focusing particularly on family relationships.” It will also cover researches on the social value of the family, as well as good family practices in the international level.
The Compact will be launched during the 10th World Meeting of Families in June 2022. (Read: Vatican Unveils 2022 World Meeting of Families Official Image)
Meanwhile, Amoris Laetitia or ‘The Joy of Love’ is Pope Francis’s “post-synodal apostolic exhortation on the beauty and joy of love in the family.” It was released in March 2016.
This year, it celebrated its fifth anniversary since the release, hence Pope Francis declared the Amoris Laetitia Family Year for 2021. The said celebration will end on June 26, 2022 at the World Meeting of Families which he will preside.
A virtual forum was also held back in June as part of the celebration. The 4-day event had the theme, “Where are we with Amoris Laetitia? Strategies for the pastoral application of Pope Francis’ Exhortation.”