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Vatican Launches Online Event to Mark Amoris Laetitia Family Year

Amoris Laetitia is an initiative by Pope Francis which hopes to address issues surrounding the pastoral care of families.

On March 19, the Vatican will host an online event, titled “Our Daily Love.” The program will be part of Pope Francis’s efforts to launch the “Amoris Laetitia Family Year,” which will conclude at the World Meeting of Families on June 26, 2022.

Amoris Laetitia (Latin for “The Joy of Love”) is an initiative by Pope Francis which hopes to address issues surrounding the pastoral care of families. It is the Pope’s post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation— the result of his two-part Synod on the Family which was held in the Vatican in October 2014 and 2015.

The online event “Our Daily Love,” on the other hand, is being organized to support the Pope’s launching of Amoris Laetitia Family Year. It will be hosted by three organizations in Rome— the Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, the Diocese of Rome, and the Pontifical John Paul II Theological Institute.

‘Our Daily Love’

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In a joint statement, the three organizers said that the online event is “the beginning of a path rather than a celebration.” (Read: Pope Francis Appoints Tagle as Member of Vatican ‘Central Bank’)

It comes as the Pope wants to “provoke” the entire Church into action— and in this regard, the online event intends to offer a contribution that is capable of blending pastoral care and theology in view of the World Meeting of Families in Rome next year.

“Our Daily Love” will be streamed on the John Paul II Institute YouTube channel, as well as on the platforms of the three organizers.

Amoris Laetitia

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Photo from Laity Family Life

Last year, December 27, Pope Francis announced that the year dedicated to the family will be launched on the 5th anniversary of Amoris Laetitia. (Read: Pope Francis Proclaims 2021 as Special Year of St. Joseph)

He said that this is to draw the fruits of the post-synodal Apostolic Exhortation, and to make the Church closer to families around the world.

The reflections of the 10th World Meeting of the Family that will conclude the “Amoris Laetitia Family Year” will be made available to ecclesial communities and families, the organizers said.

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