Cardinal Advincula recognizes the importance of families in communities

Manila Archbishop Jose F. Cardinal Advincula commended the important role of the family in the community and the Church during the general conference of the Federation of Asian Bishops Conference in Bangkok, Thailand.

According to Radio Veritas news post, during the conference, the Archbishop of Manila shared and emphasized the results of the discussion on the Synod on Synodality of the church in the Philippines.

“The Gospel injunction to pray for laborers for the harvest brings to mind one of the lessons we learned in the diocesan phase of the Synod on Synodality. The family is not only the seedbed of vocations to the priesthood and to the consecrated life, but also to the lay ministries,” said Cardinal Advincula during the conference.

The Archbishop of Manila in his reflection said that although the Catholic church in the Philippines has a shortage of priests, the basic ecclesial community (BEC) is also playing a significant role in the church under the leadership of lay people who are actively promoting programs in education, investment, politics, peacebuilding and environmental protection.

He also said that synodality in the church begins in every home where the families nurture each other.

“The family is not only the seedbed of all vocations; the family is also the school of synodality. Prayerfulness and discernment, communion and compassion, honesty and transparency – like charity – begin at home,” said the cardinal.

Cardinal Advincula led the celebration of the Holy Mass at the FABC general conference on Tuesday, October 18, which was attended by various priests from the 29 FABC member countries.

The conference runs from October 12-30, 2022, at the Pastoral Center of the Archdiocese of Bangkok in Baan Phu Waan, Thailand with the theme “FABC 50: Journeying together as peoples of Asia “… and they went a different way”. (Jheng Prado/RCAM-AOC)


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