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Marriage and Family as a Way of Life

“The future of humanity passes by way of the family” (FC n.86). This
is the time of the family, inside the Church and within society. Addressing
the members of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute on March 23, 1992,
the Holy Father John Paul II said, “the gospel message on the family is
today at the centre of crucial concern for the Christian existence and the
new Evangelization”. In the Encyclical Letter “Redemptor Hominis”, he
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stated the animated word: “Man cannot live without love. He remains a
being that is incomprehensible for himself; his life is senseless if love is
not revealed to him, if he does not encounter love, if he does not experience
it and make it his own, if he does not participate intimately in it” (n.24).
In the Encyclical Letter Deus Caritas Est, Pope Benedict XVI makes
clear that “Marriage based on exclusive and definite love becomes the
icon of the relationship between God and his people and vice versa.
God’s way of loving becomes the measure of human love” (n.11). Keeping
the spirit of its founder Pope John Paul II, the ultimate goal of research in
the Pontifical John Paul II Institute for Studies on Marriage and Family, is
to provide a deeper understanding of God’s plan on Marriage and Family
by means of multidisciplinary education rooted in sound philosophical,
theological, psychological and other areas of human sciences.
John Paul II Institute prepares graduates (lay persons, priests, and
religious) for many types of activities in the field of marriage and the
family. In some cases this activity is directly pastoral and apostolic,
while in other cases it is combined with professional activity. It prepares
persons for research in academic work in the social- medical field,
educators in the schools, in the fields of counseling, health care institution,
and family pastoral ministries.

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