The Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe
celebrates this year its 25th anniversary with Pope Francis in Rome.

We are therefore happy to invite you to a conference on


10 June 2022
(16:30 – 20:00)

General Curia of the Society of Jesus Conference Room,
Borgo Santo Spirito, 4, 00193 Rome Italy

16.30 – 17.00

Welcoming messages
17.00 – 17.15

Fr Bernard Goubin SJ, Regional Secretary for Western Europe and Middle East

Mr Vincenzo Bassi, President of the Federation of Catholic Family Associations in Europe (FAFCE)

Amb. Alexandra Valkenburg, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the Holy See

First Session: the Family, treasure of Europe

Families, first bridges of peace. European families in welcoming refugees
Mr Marian Jurečka, Minister of Labour and Social Affairs of the Czech Republic
17.15 – 17.30

The voice of the Church in Europe, the voice of its families
Mgr Mariano Crociata, Bishop of Latina-Terracina-Sezze-Priverno, First Vice-president of the Commission of the Bishops’ Conferences of the European Union (COMECE)
17.30 – 17.45

Exchange of views
Introduced by Mr Andrea Gagliarducci, Journalist and Author
17.45 – 18.00

Coffee break
18.00 – 18.30

Second session: looking forward to the X World Meeting of Families

Local churches celebrating the X World Meeting of Families
Mgr Gintaras Grušas, Archbishop of Vilnius, President of the Council of the Bishops’ Conferences of Europe (CCEE)
18.30 – 18.45

Communicating the beauty of the family: the role of family associations
Mr Gianluigi De Palo, President, Forum delle Associazioni Familiari
18.45 – 19.00

Round Table Discussion
19.00 – 19.45
Moderated by Ms Bénédicte Colin, FAFCE Policy Manager

The visibility of the family in the workplace
Mr Joseph Thouvenel, Confederal Secretary of the French Confederation of Christian Workers

Rebuilding communities in today’s Ukraine
Dr Oksana Furman, Medical Doctor, FAFCE Observer Board Member

The family at the centre of fiscal and welfare policy: implementing the Social Doctrine of the Catholic Church
Prof. Philip Booth, Director of Catholic Mission, St. Mary’s University, Twickenham and Director of Policy and Research, Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales

Families in the follow-up of the Conference on the Future of Europe
Mr Toma Sutic, Member of the Cabinet of the Vice-President of the European Commission, Dubravka Šuica, in charge of Democracy and Demography

Closing remarks
19.45 – 20.00
Prof. Gabriella Gambino, Undersecretary of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life

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