5 June 2012

Angola: Meeting of Families a Value Retrieving Initiative - Minister

Rome — The Angolan minister of Family and Women Promotion, Genoveva Lino, said Tuesday in Rome (Italy) that the International Meeting of the Families with the Catholic Pope, held from May 30 to June 3 here was an initiative of the church with a relevant impact on the retrieval of values of the society and reinforcement of cohesion.

Speaking to Angop, Genoveva Lino characterised the event as very positive and marked by debates on reinforcement of the relations between parents and children, the influence of the media in the education of the families, the role of the church in the reinforcement of family unity and other topics.

All these, she added, are intended to show the influence the church plays on the elevation of the spiritual education of the families, so that the world can count on blessed families and better prepared to face the current challenges of the contemporary world.

Genoveva Lino appealed to the Angolan delegates that attended the event to share their experience with the members of their dioceses, and show the importance and impact of the activity in strengthening unity of families and retrieving society values.

In his turn, the MP with northern Lunda Sul province's constituency, Maria de Fátima António, who attended the event, said the meting shows the concern of the church about the state of the families these days affected by various constraints.

Maria de Fátima António stressed the Pope's message that highlights the importance of the work and feast based on fraternal communion as rising factors taken into account for the continued harmony of the families.

Angola attended the 7th World Meeting of Families with a 50-member delegation headed by the head of the Family Commission of the Episcopal Conference of Angola and São Tomé (Ceast) and central Huambo province archbishop, José de Queirós Alves.

The delegation includes the bishops António Francisco Jaca (Caxito Diocese), Dionísio Hisiilenapo, (Namibe), missionaries, laymen, Government officials and MPs.

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