(Vatican Radio) The Pontifical Council for the Family today unveiled a book containing 35 addresses made by Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio/Pope Francis on the theme of the family and life, dating from 1999 to 2013. The book, which is being published in the coming days in both Italian and Spanish, was formally presented at a press conference in the Vatican on Thursday.
The Council for the Family edited the book and its publication comes as the Council prepares to hold its plenary assembly in Rome from October 23-25th . This will be followed by a two-day pilgrimage by thousands of families to St. Peter’s tomb as part of the initiatives marking the ongoing Year of Faith.
In an address at the press conference, the President of the Council for the Family, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, noted that Pope Francis has announced an Extraordinary Synod of Bishops to be held during October 2014 whose chosen theme deals with the pastoral challenges of the family. The archbishop noted that in many of his speeches the Pope has expressed concern about the fragile and poorly-protected state of the family in contemporary society. He said modern trends have tended to weaken more and more the family community and there is an urgent need for the family to return to the centre stage of our society.