FAFCE

Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe

FAFCE President Meets Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life

Brussels, 24 November 2016

2016 11 19 FarrellAntoine Renard, FAFCE’s President, travelled to Rome to meet recently elected Cardinal Farrell, Prefect of the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life. He could present work done by FAFCE and discuss the challenges and the opportunities for European families. On Saturday 19 November, Mr Renard also attended the public consistory in which Pope Francis created Cardinal Kevin Farrell in St. Peter Basilica in the Vatican. Card. Farrell is now leading the new Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life, which resulted from the merging of the Pontifical Councils for the Laity and for the Family and started functioning on September 1st, instituted by the Motu Proprio “Sedula Mater”of Pope Francis.

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FAFCE President Meets New Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria

Brussels, 24 November 2016

2016 11 19 Zenari-minOn Saturday, 19 November, Pope Francis created Cardinal Mario Zenari, Apostolic Nuncio to Syria. Antoine Renard, FAFCE’s President, attended the Ordinary Public Consistory and had the opportunity to meet Cardinal Zenari during the traditional courtesy visit to new cardinals, open to everyone.

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Bambinelli Sunday 2016

cgplogoThe third Sunday of Advent is known as the Gaudete Sunday, the Sunday of Joy. Traditionally, every year in Rome, on that day, the Pope blesses the Bambinelli (figures of Baby Jesus) that people bring to St. Peter's Square.

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From our Members | Family Policy in Poland

Teresa Kapela

Związek Dużych Rodzin ''Trzy Plus'' – ZDR3+

logo 3plusFamily policy in Poland has only about 10 years. Previously, in the enthusiastic context of the fall of the communism, every attempt to talk about family policy was considered as nostalgia of the former system. Family associations were a strong support to family policies. These associations were founded answering to a great need of change in this regard. Getting in touch with ELFAC and FAFCE, European federations, was an important element for this. Związek Dużych Rodzin ''Trzy Plus'' – ZDR3+ was founded in 2007, but already in 2006, we had organised a conference at the Polish parliament about the situation of large families. Thanks to the participation in this conference of François Meause from AFC, Raul Sanchez from ELFAC, Yeno Radnay from MKC-Hungary and Barbara Fiala from FDK, we were able to get informed about family policy in other countries. That served us as inspiration, without forgetting that each country has its own identity.

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Family and Gender Theory

Stefano Zamagni

Università di Bologna and Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences

zamagni1. The family is in harmony, and therefore it is a place of happiness, when gender differences become an opportunity for mutual enrichment and not a way of justifying various forms of discrimination. A woman who wants to become a mother and who intends to remain employed is certainly interested in family-friendly work policies. What interests her even more is that her husband can (and not just has the intention to) share the happiness and fatigue of household chores and, in particular, their children's education, who - never forget - need equal amounts of maternal and paternal charisma for their adult development. Consider what is happening in our society due to the growing marginalisation of the father figure in children's education. Firstly, we need a "cultural revolution" to solve today's family problems. As Benedict XVI stated in his speech to the congress of the Pontifical Council for the Laityin February 2008, on the twenty-first anniversary of the Mulieris Dignitatem, we urgently need to "study in depth the anthropological truth about men and women, the equal dignity and unity of both, the deeply-embedded diversity between a man and woman and their commitment to reciprocity and complementarity, to collaboration and harmony". Diversity, reciprocity and complementarity are the key words to emphasise.

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