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The foundations of human life

· Cardinal Scola opens Family 2012 week ·

“A privileged opportunity to contemplate the gift of the Spirit at work through the unity and missionary urgency that he awakens in us all”.  In these words on Pentecost Sunday Cardinal Angelo Scola, Archbishop of Milan, described the week of the World Meeting of Families, now at hand.   He did so meeting in the Cathedral the more than 50,000 volunteers who will make the Milanese event possible. And he celebrated Mass with them for the conferral of the special “mandate”. It was a way of expressing the gratitude of the Church in Milan and of the universal Church herself from this moment, as well as of invoking together the action of the Holy Spirit, “so that he may enlighten us on the meaning of this precious service and sustain us in carrying it out”. Indeed, “the various  services you are called to undertake in these days are all an expression of the unity we are living”.

The “Family 2012” week that ends with Benedict XVI's Visit, is therefore inaugurated in the sign of the Holy Spirit and the hard work that awaits all those who will be called to provide hospitality for the pilgrims and to accompany the numerous international delegations. It is work at the service of ecclesial communion. “The gift of unity will shine out in the reciprocal witness of families coming from more than 150 countries of the world throughout the week and, in a special way, in the great Eucharistic celebration at which the Holy Father will preside. May these be days in which each one of us can discover the gift of unity in the variegated mosaic of nations and cultures in which we meet each other. For the Milanese and for the inhabitants of our lands, this occasion will be a privileged school at which to learn to live the Milan of the future”.

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Jan. 25, 2020

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