One of the key organizers of the 6th World Meeting of Families, Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, said the family is one of the Catholic Church's main pastoral priorities and that its promotion is crucial for the development of society.Cardinal Ennio Antonelli
President of the Pontifical Council for the Family The World Meeting of Families in Mexico focuses mainly on education, and the transmission of human and Christian values from parents to their children, from one generation to another, but it's obvious that this education can only work if the family is united.
Antonelli said that although the family as an institution in many Western countries is going through a period of crisis, it still remains strong, conscious and valued. Jose Guillermo Gutierrez, another key coordinator, also hopes this meeting will revitalize the institution of the family in Mexico, especially considering the current climate of violence in the country. Jose Guillermo Gutierrez
Pontifical Council for the Family This world meeting brings good news in this sense. Because if the family is healthy, the family will support each other, and then will create better citizens, citizens who do not choose the wrong paths. So this world meeting in Mexico is also a great resource for the prevention of these problems.
Experts from many countries attend the World Meeting of Families to reflect on family values that need to be promoted and on issues ranging from education to immigration. Jose Guillermo Gutierrez
Pontifical Council for the Family We would like to reflect on the family that emigrates as a bearer and transmitter of values and on their difficulties when trying to adapt to a new society.
While Benedict XVI will not attend the event, he will be very close to the participants. The Pope is sending Vatican Secretary of State, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone to represent him. He will also send a video-recorded message to the participants, and he will take part in the final ceremony through video conference, where he will announce the location and date of the next World Meeting of Families.