Pastoral Letter written by Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L. Archbishop of Denver June 29, 2014

CapturePastoral Letter written by Most Reverend Samuel J. Aquila, S.T.L.
Archbishop of Denver
June 29, 2014

Pope Saint John Paul the Great wrote in 1981, “The future of humanity passes by way of the family. It is therefore indispensable and urgent
that every person of good will should endeavor to save and foster the values and requirements of the family.”
The truth and timeliness of this statement is as relevant now as it was more than 30 years ago. In fact, many of the challenges our society is facing today can be tied to the breakdown of the family.
This is because, as St. John Paul explained, the family “is the basic cell of society. It is the cradle of life and love, the place in which the individual ‘is born’ and ‘grows.’”
Our Church will be focusing on the family in a particularly intense way between October 2014 and October 2015. This period will begin with the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops meeting in Rome to discuss the challenges to the family in the context of the new Evangelization. It will continue with the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015, and conclude with the Ordinary
Synod of Bishops in October 2015. Because the family and its future are so vitally important for our society and for the Church, I have
decided to write this pastoral letter on the nature and mission of the family to help you “stand firm in your faith, be courageous, (and) be strong.” Family life is a great gift of God. Yet many families today feel weak and demoralized. Family life throughout the world is wounded, broken in many cases, and misunderstood.

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