|The icon of the Holy Family: symbol of the WMF|
It is a large mosaic, created by the Jesuit artist Marko Rupnik, which was blessed by the Pope in St Peter’s Square on 11 April. The work was entrusted to Monsignor Erminio De Scalzi, president of Fondazione Milano Famiglie 2012, by the Holy Father. It depicts the Holy Family and the Holy Trinity represented by the Father’s hand supporting the fire of the Spirit that is Jesus. The earthly paradise is at the side of Mary and Joseph and heavenly Jerusalem with the Holy Family is at the centre of the story of salvation. 'Heaven meets earth in the Holy Family of Nazareth and the divine Trinity finds the most perfect human image,' explained Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, 'The Church feels called on to become family more and more, to demonstrate Christ’s presence in the world through reciprocal love.
'Families are asked to be united and open, to prepare children for their future and their mission, without holding them back with possessive love. All earthly relationships and activities are urged to follow the logic of love to find new harmony and beauty, a reflection and revelation of the Trinity.' Rupnik was involved in the Redemptoris Mater chapel in the Vatican to celebrate Blessed John-Paul II's 50th anniversary to the the priesthood.The icon, weighing 60 kg, will be brought to the Archdiocese of Philadelphia that will host the 2015 World Meeting of Families. This is the main purpose for this spiritual world event:
|Hallway to Redemptoris Mater chapel|
Since its inception by Blessed John Paul II in 1992, the World Meeting of Families has sought to strengthen the sacred bonds of family across the globe. This event takes place every three years and is sponsored by the Holy See's Pontifical Council for the Family. Each World Meeting of Families has a theme, and the theme of the World Meeting in Philadelphia will be 'The Gospel of the Family, Resource of Humanity.' This theme will emphasize the good news of the family and its intrinsic value to the good of society.
The Pontifical Council for the Family, founded by Blessed Pope John Paul II in 1981, is responsible for the promotion of the Church’s pastoral ministry to the family, with the goal of helping Christian families fulfill their apostolic mission as the 'domestic church' and fundamental building bloc of society. This Council promotes the pastoral care of families and fosters their rights and dignity in the Church as well as civil society in order that they may fulfill their vocation for the well-being of one another and the world around.This is time, for a family or a parish that may want to organize travel to Philadelphia for this wonderful world Christian celebration of the family, to start planning. We are sure, God willing, it will a great source of joy, strength and blessings for all those families that attend and for the entire universal Christian family.