Inspired by the desire to make the Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris Laetitia” more fully known throughout Italy, by means of a thoughtful personal presentation, Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, went to two dioceses, one in Central Italy and the other in the South, with all the enthusiasm aroused in him by the latest papal text devoted to the family.
The first presentation was addressed to the faithful of the Diocese of Arezzo-Cortona-Sansepolcro, who gathered on May 1st, at the Seminary of Arezzo. During the two-hour meeting, that brought together nearly one hundred of people, he was often interrupted by their applause. Later that day, Msgr. Paglia presided over the Eucharistic celebration in the Basilica of St. Francis and, together with Archbishop Riccardo Fontana, officially inaugurated the Sala delle Volte in in the local Basilica, which is intended to be a meeting place and a point of reference for the diocese’s family ministry.
The next day, it was the turn of the diocese of Ischia to receive the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, together with Fr. Antonio Sciortino, editor of Famiglia Cristiana. There again, the presentation of “Amoris Laetitia”—a document that the Bishop of Ischia, Msgr. Pietro Lagnese, has said is “essential for us bishops, for the priests, and for all the workers of the family apostolate”—met with great success.