History 

In 1994 on the occasion of the International Year of the Family, the Holy Father invited families to Rome to establish a meeting for a reflection on the family and life, on the institution of marriage, especially with the decline of family and marital values in society today. This event was sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, an institution organized by Pope John Paul II with the Motu Proprio "Familia a Deo Instituta" in 1981, a complement of the Committee for the Family that Pope Paul VI established in 1973. The council’s mission is to promote all aspects of family life. On December 29, 1996, the Feast of the Holy Family, Pope John Paul II in his Sunday Angelus Address announced the invitation to families to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil to renew the sanctity of marriage and family life.

 

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