Parramatta faithful join Holy Father for World Meeting of Families


Vist Rome Reports

With Vatican Information Services

Ann O'Brien
Ann O'Brien.
Photo: Virginia Knight
Ann O’Brien from CatholicCare Social Services - Diocese of Parramatta and Diocesan Seminarian Jack Green will be among the one million faithful attending the final Mass of the 7th World Meeting of Families with Pope Benedict XVI in Milan, Italy.

Also representing the Catholic Diocese of Parramatta at the Conference (30 May to 3 June) will be Ann’s husband Peter and Jack’s parents Stuart and Donna and his sister Anna.

The World Meeting of Families is a major project of the Vatican, with officials and representatives of family-promoting Non Government Organisations and groups coming together to discuss the theme “The Family: Work and Celebration”.

The Apostolic Penitentiary has issued a decree granting Indulgences to faithful for the 7th World Meeting of Families.

The decree explains that, in order to help the faithful in their spiritual preparations for the event, Benedict XVI grants Indulgences so that, “truly penitent and stimulated by charity, they may dedicate themselves to the sanctification of the family, following the model of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph”.

Jack Green
Jack Green.
Photo: Alphonsus Fok & Grace Lu

Plenary Indulgence is granted under the usual conditions (sacramental Confession, Eucharistic communion, prayer in keeping with the intentions of the Supreme Pontiff) “to faithful who, completely detached from any form of sin, devoutly participate in one of the celebrations to be held during the World Meeting of Families, and in its solemn conclusion”.

Faithful who are unable to participate in the event may nonetheless obtain Plenary Indulgence under the same conditions if, “spiritually bonded to the faithful gathered in Milan, they recite the Our Father, the Creed and other devout prayers calling on Divine Mercy to grant the aforementioned ends, particularly when the words of the Pontiff are transmitted by radio and television”.

Partial Indulgence is granted to the faithful “whenever, during that period, they pray with a contrite heart for the good of families”.

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