Pope Francis speaks of pastoral care of marriage as a proclamation of the Gospel of the family in his Apostolic Exhortation Amoris Laetitia. This pastoral care should include teaching families virtues like "generosity, commitment, fidelity, and patience" (no. 5).
To attain this goal, both pastors and all others participating in marital pastoral care must be thoroughly trained: priests, deacons, seminarians, men and women religious, as well as laity who work as catechists and pastoral agents (cf. no. 202). They are urged "to make it clear that the Gospel of the family responds to the deepest expectations of the human person: a response to each one's dignity and fulfilment in reciprocity, communion, and fruitfulness" (no. 201), as well as to be signals of compassion and closeness (cf. no. 5).
The Centre for Priestly Formation and the Centre for Juridical Studies on the Family of Pontificia Università della Santa Croce (Rome) wished to fulfil the Pope's intention by organising a Course on Pastoral Accompaniment in the Marriage Journey every two years. Speakers from diverse professions (theologians, canonists, liturgists, parish priests, psychologists, family therapists, etc.), including married lay persons, participated from an interdisciplinary viewpoint. This book contains the course reports.
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