“Among the many challenges that affect family pastoral care in its response to the problems, wounds and sufferings of each person, I now think of married couples in crisis. The Church, both the pastors and the other faithful, accompanies them with love and hope, seeking to support them. The Church’s pastoral response seeks to transmit vitally the Gospel of the family. In this sense, a fundamental resource for facing and overcoming crises is to renew awareness of the gift received in the sacrament of marriage, an irrevocable gift, a source of grace on which we can always count”.
Pope Francis said this on 27 January 2023 while inaugurating the Judicial Year of the Tribunal of the Roman Rota. Words that president Philippe Bordeyne quoted during his homily at the mass on Saturday 28 January in the Indian headquarters of the Jp2 Institute.
“In the complexity of concrete situations, which sometimes require the collaboration of the human sciences, this light on one’s marriage is an essential part of the journey of reconciliation. Thus fragility, which always remains and also accompanies conjugal life, will not lead to rupture, thanks to the power of the Holy Spirit”.
President Philippe Bordeyne has been visiting the Indian section of the Jp2 Institute in Changanacherry, Kerala, since January 24, welcomed by Vice-
President Jacob Koippally. On January 28, he attended their XXII International Symposium on Gender Theory Politics, at the end of which took place the solemn Awarding of Degrees.
The Indian section of the Pontifical John Paul II Institute was established in 2000 within the National Centre for the Promotion of the Family “Cana”.
This visit to the Indian section of the Jp2 Institute is president Bordeyne’s second visit to an International section, following his visit to Benin in November.