ACN to follow attentively the Family Synod

 By Robert Lalonde, ACN Canada

Adapted by Amanda Bridget Griffin


Montreal, Friday, October 3, 2014 – The importance Pope Francis gives to the family has been demonstrated since 2003 by his announcement of two upcoming Synods. The first of these is due to take place in Rome from this coming October 9 to 15.  The Pontifical foundation, Aid to the Church in Need (ACN), has always supported and worked to strengthen belief around the family, and will be following this Synod very attentively. The second will take place in October 2015.

That the Christian family is in danger, is not secret to anyone:  Not infrequently ideas and solutions which are very appealing but which obscure in varying degrees the truth and the dignity of the human person are offered to the men and women of today, in their sincere and deep search for a response to the important daily problems that affect their married and family life.” This is what John Paul II wrote in 1981 in his apostolic exhortation “Familiaris Consortio.”

300 projects and 1.4 million dollars for families

Because the family is society’s most basic ‘cell’, what happens through her also has repercussions on society as a whole.  A family in good health is a gauge for positive repercussion for all humanity, and therefore, the Catholic Church has as one of her essential missions to strengthen and support families.

Since its founding, ACN has supported numerous campaigns designed to protect and promote families such as:  marriage preparation; seminars on Natural Family Planning; conferences with ‘Family’ as the theme; training programs for catechists, printing and distribution of Christian literature, supporting construction projects and providing vehicles for Family Pastoral work.  These are just a few of the very diverse areas in which this charitable organization provides aid.

During these last three years (2011 – 2014), ACN has supported some 300 projects in the world over, to the sum of over 4.2 million dollars.   In this regard, 59% of donations have been attributed to projects situation on the African continent, 21% of projects in Central and South America, and 17% to projects in Asia.


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