Holy See: Family at the heart of human development
May 17, 2014: Family not only “matters for the achievement of development goals,”
it is rather at the very heart of human development, indispensable and
irreplaceable, and at the same time beautiful and welcoming said a top Vatican
official addressing the United Nations.
Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, the President
of the Vatican’s Pontifical Council for the Family in his address on the occasion
of the 2014 International Day of Families at United Nations Headquarters on May 15th.commenting
on the theme of the annual observance, “Families Matter for the Achievement of Development
Goals.” He said, his message was that the family not only “matters,” it
is rather at the very heart of human development and is indispensable and
irreplaceable, at the same time beautiful and welcoming. Truly, it is a precious
resource, an incomparable font of life for the affective, spiritual, other-serving
and generative aspects of our human existence he added.
This year the International
Day of Families commemorated the twentieth anniversary of the International Year
of the Family, which was established by the United Nations General Assembly
in 1994 to raise awareness of the importance of families, promote knowledge
of socio-economic and demographic trends affecting families and stimulate
efforts to respond to challenges faced by families.