OCEANIA/PAPUA NEW GUINEA - Dialogue and evangelization in the family

Tuesday, 12 November 2019


Port Moresby (Agenzia Fides) - "Constant and eloquent dialogue in families is essential to build healthy relationships". As Fides learns, this was the main message by the Vicar General of the Diocese of Goroka, Fr. Piotr Michalski, MSF, during the annual seminar of the diocesan Coordinators of the committees dedicated to the family, underway in Port Moresby.
"When we pray together with children we tend to feel the need to set a good example for them", said Fr. Piotr stressing the importance of creating and maintaining and cultivating dialogue in families, as an opportunity to spread the seeds of the Gospel. "A family that lacks close dialogue or communication among its members tends to isolate itself", he recalled.
Sisters, nuns, lay diocesan coordinators of the realities that deal with family life from all over the country took part in the seminar that wanted to reflect on the role that priests, religious and laity can play in the life of Catholic families, accompanying them in the path of growth spiritual and deepening of faith. Participants have the opportunity to share their experiences and highlight the challenges faced as spouses in families.
"The family is the heart of society and must be formed with Christian values to thrive in happiness and unity", said Sister Lucy D’Souza, MSI, National Secretary of the Family Life Commission.
Sister Hendrina Sinipo SSpS, coordinator of the family life commission of the Archdiocese of Mount Hagen, expressed her gratitude for the seminar, stating that more needs to be done in her diocese, particularly to address polygamy and juvenile marriages. "Although there is a tendency to polygamy and juvenile marriages, I am ready to do everything possible to help families, especially couples, improve their relationships and demonstrate the importance of God within them", he said.
The seminar is underway at the Bishops' Conference in Port Moresby and will end on November 15th. Among the guests also the Archbishop of Madang, Mgr. Anthon Bal, and the Secretary General of the Bishops' Conference, Fr. Giorgio Licini PIME are expected. (AP) (Agenzia Fides, 12/11/2019)