12:02 - FAMILY 2012: CARD. ANTONELLI, PROMOTING A SOUND FAMILY, NOT A HYBRID ONE
In our prayers and in our hearts, we sympathise with the populations and the families affected by the new earthquake shock. This is how card. Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, began his speech at this mornings press conference in Milan, for the presentation of the VII World Meeting of the Families, due to take place from 30th May to 3rd June (www.family2012.com). The cardinal mentioned that the overall purpose of this pastoral theological congress is to deal, from an anthropological and theological perspective, with the theme of the event: The family: work and celebration. The congress will place emphasis - he continued - on the fact that the so-called normally-constituted family, in other words, a stable couple with one or more children, is happier and more beneficial to society, as proven by the sociological surveys that have been conducted about this. The cardinal explained that, even if such family is poorer, it is richer in human relationships, it produces human capital for labour, for the market and for business, and creates celebrations at home, in the religious community and in society. Finally, card. Antonelli pointed out that, when in a crisis, one should understand peoples pain and should promote a sound family, not a hybrid one, which is essential for peoples happiness and to the benefit of society.