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Vatican launches family center in Nazareth to help Middle Eastern families

2013-04-16

"In Nazareth to meet the World” 


The project began in 1994, after the Year of Family, with the support of John Paul II. However, violence in the Holy Land halted construction, and after some time Benedict XVI took helm of the project. Now the Vatican has tasked its development to the Italy's Charismatic Renewal Movement. 

SALVATORE MARTÍNEZ 
President, Holy Spirit Renewal
"It's a place to take in pilgrims, but we want to take up initiatives, to be a window into all that is done by Catholic movements, the associations, the universities, the institutions. Also everything dealing with family: welfare, sport, education, everything that the family is at the center of on a daily basis.” 

It will not only house pilgrims, but it will also help families grow. It will feature a think tank on the situation of family in society, and a center to help families in the Middle East. 

SALVATORE MARTÍNEZ 
President, Holy Spirit Renewal 
"It will also feature a think tank, in the Middle East, as an ecumenical and inter-religious reference, to help understand how the family can build peace, how it can stimulate peace from the very roots, even before states or religions.” 

MSGR. GIACINTO MARCUZZO 
Auxiliary Bishop, Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem 
"Now, thanks to God, we have a truce, some calm. Pilgrims can come and visit Holy sites peacefully. Unfortunately, we're still very far from peace. This center, along with other families, can be an prime occasion, a significant rock to build peace upon.” 

The center also launched a website which promotes interaction among families across the globe. 

Only two percent of the population in the Holy Land is Christian. However, the largest Christian community is in Nazareth, where they make up nearly 40 percent. This center hopes to serve as a guide to achieve peace, dialogue and the promotion of family as a fundamental building block in society. 


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