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 Laity, Family and Life: New Logo and New Website

The Dicastery for the Laity, the Family and Life, which began to function on September 1, 2016, inaugurated its new logo and new Internet site: www.laityfamilylife.va.

The logo represents the “hug” of the Church for “all the laity and all the families of the world.” On the image, lay people are supporting the Bernini colonnade, which embraces a group of families in a hug.

Symbolizing “women, men, children, young people, elderly people, and families,” the faithful constitute the Church and at the same time enjoy her maternal protection,” explained the Dicastery.

From the colonnade and the families within it, life is born. A flower, sprouting from the extensions of St. Peter’s columns, represents this in the logo.   

In addition to describing the Dicasery’s activities, the new Website intends to offer all a “chance to be heard.” Therefore, ample space is given to the social networks. The site is available in French, English, Italian, Spanish and Portuguese.

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Pope Supports International Campaign on Climate Change

Pope Francis expressed his support to an international campaign on climate, inspired by his encyclical Laudato Si’. On the official Internet site (livelaudatosi.org), he invited to adhere to the initiative signing the commitment.

Two years after the publication of the papal document (2015), “the Global Catholic Climate Movement aims to mobilize at least one million Catholics to become directly engaged in turning Laudato Si’ into action to care for the planet.”

On July 13, 2017, the organizers posted a photo of the Pope holding a poster asking in Spanish:” Have you signed the Laudato Si’ engagement?”

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Eucharist: The Bread and Wine Willed by Jesus

Bread and wine “is what the Lord Jesus wanted and one cannot modify it,” affirmed Monsignor Claudio Magnoli, expert in liturgy and member of the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Discipline of the Sacraments. On July 12, 2017, he clarified on Vatican Radio the circular letter “on the bread and wine for the Eucharist”, published four days earlier.

At the Pope’s request, the letter sent by the Dicastery to all Bishops worldwide reminds that the bread and wine, consecrated in the course of Eucharistic Celebrations, must be authentically of wheat and grapes, without mixture and elaborated correctly.

“The letter asks Bishops to exercise above all great vigilance on the quality of wine, of bread, because the matter of the Eucharistic sacrifice will determine what we then believe of the mystery of the Eucharist . . . there is a very close relation between what we believe of the profundity of the Mystery and what is manifested through the sensible signs of bread and wine,” explained Monsignor Magnoli.

At the root of the abuse, which led the Vatican to publish this refocusing, he sees  a “theology of inculturation”: “the idea that Jesus chose bread and wine simply as elements of His culture, that of the Mediterranean world.” In this perspective, certain theologians “put forth the hypothesis that in other regions bread and wine could be substituted with other elements proper to each culture,” such as sake in Japan, manioc in Africa, beer in Northern Europe.

In reality, he continued, bread and wine are strong, determinant elements of the Sacrament. “It is what the Lord Jesus wanted and one cannot modify it,” he stressed.