VII WORLD MEETING OF FAMILIES: BENEDICT XVI, “WORK AND FEAST” IN TODAY’S FAMILY

"Work and feast are intimately connected in the life of the family: they influence its decisions, the relationships between the spouses and between the parents and their children, and affect its relations with society and the Church". Pope Benedict XVI wrote these words in his Letter to Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, for the 7th World Meeting of Families due to take place in Milan from 30 May to 3 June 2012. The world meeting will focus on "The Family: Work and Feast" and follows the 6th meeting which took place in Mexico City in January 2009. In his Letter released today by the Holy See Press Office, Benedict XVI said: "Daily experience shows that the authentic development of the human person includes the personal, family and communal dimensions, functional relations and activities, as well as openness to hope and to the infinite Good". The Pope highlighted that "unfortunately, in our times, the organisation of work, conceived and structured according to the logic of market competition and profit maximisation, and the conception of feast, seen as an opportunity to evade from reality and to consume, contribute to the breakdown of the family and of the community as well as to the spreading of a selfish lifestyle". (continued)

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