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The First Meeting of the World Family Observatory concludes with the Papal Audience (15/05/2019)

The Pope showed a special closeness to the president of the UCAM, José Luis Mendoza, who asked about his family and was interested in the projects launched by the University in collaboration with the Holy See

For three days, experts from 25 institutions from around the world have discussed relational poverty and economic poverty at the First Meeting of the World Family Observatory held in the Vatican City.

The papal audience of Wednesdays put the culmination of this event, in which His Holiness Pope Francis greeted the representatives of the University Centers and the Institutes of Studies on the Family, coming from different countries, gathered for the first meeting of the Monitor International of the Family, promoted by the Pontifical Institute Juan Pablo II, the UCAM and the CSIF.

This meeting was held on the occasion of the International Day of the Family, which this year recalls the role of families in the care of creation, our common home.

At the end of the audience, the Pope warmly greeted the president of the UCAM, José Luis Mendoza, whom he asked, as on other occasions, for his family -they both shared the plenary sessions of the Pontifical Council for the Family for years- and became interested in the different projects in which the Catholic University of Murcia collaborates with the Holy See.

Meeting of the International Observatory of the Family

The First Meeting of the International Family Observatory has revolved around the assumption that "the poverty of families depends on a complex system of interactions, in which the challenges and opportunities generated by the economic context are combined with the resources and fragilities of relational systems, always under the undeniable influence of public policy ".

This event, convened by the International Family Observatory, is the result of putting into practice the mandate of Pope Francis to leave their own research centers to get closer to the royal family.

In this first expert meeting, coordinated by the UCAM and chaired by José Luis Mendoza, president of this university (headquarters of the Observatory), representatives of various international institutions have participated, such as the Pontifical John Paul II Institute, the International Center of Studi sulla Famiglia , of the Lay Family and Life Department, of the European Large Families Confederation, of the Federation of the Catholic Family Association, Europe and the Secretary General of Caritas Internationalis, Michel Roy.

It should be noted that Caritas Internationalis participates as a preferred partner offering its networks in five continents in order to take the most realistic data possible, even from the smallest populations, so that the annual report provided by the Observatory reflects in a more reliable way the reality of the family in all contexts and geographies.

Several national centers have been added to these centers that will offer a local view of the research: among others, from Mexico, Argentina, Chile, United States, Lebanon, Qatar, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Finland, Italy, Spain, Benin, Kenya, Mozambique ... etc.

In total, more than 30 people from 25 different institutions participate in the work meeting.

The first fruits of this research will be publicly disseminated in May of 2020, when the first report on "family and relational poverty: resources and frailties, opportunities and challenges in families and in society" will be published.

This new institution was born in 2018 seeking to invest the method of approach to the family: if in the past the point of view came from the top down, imposing theoretical choices apparently far from the problems of society, now part from below, pretending, with a spirit of humility and realism, "observe" the family of today, with all its lights and shadows, without cultural or ideological prejudices.

The institution seeks to establish an objective dialogue with families as privileged recipients of the Observatory, but without forgetting at the same time the civil governments and scholars of any disciplinary sector connected with the family, to give a global response to a global problem.

Source: UCAM

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