The impact of conflict on families and children
- "There is no family that does not know how selfishness, discord, tension and conflict violently attack and at times mortal¬ly wound its own communion." (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia 106)
- “Forced migration of families, resulting from situations of war, persecution, poverty and injustice, and marked by the vicissitudes of a journey that often puts lives at risk, traumatises people and destabilises families” (Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia 46).
Conflict is present at all levels of our lives, from global events to national disputes, right through to our own local communities and family circles. Pope Francis acknowledges that there is no perfect family, that we encounter discord even with those we love most dearly. Workshops addressing the theme of conflict and a Christian response to the hurt it can cause, include:
Wednesday 22nd August:
Workshop 5: Nowhere to lay his head: a Christian response to refugees.
Thursday 23rd August:
Major Panel 1: When Plates fly: Pope Francis on the reality of love in family life.
Workshop 6: Coping with crises and hurt in marriage.
Friday 24th August:
Keynote Speech: The family as a key to peace in a turbulent world.
Workshop 5: Ministering to families with members in prison.
Workshop 6: Breaking the silence: dealing with domestic violence.
Visit the Pastoral Congress Page for more information on these workshops and full programme.
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