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Vatican Unveils Plans for International Family Center in Nazareth
Catholic News Agency ^ | 4/16/13 | David Uebbing

Posted on 04/17/2013 10:40:50 AM PDT by marshmallow

Vatican City, Apr 16, 2013 / 10:54 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land.

The project was presented April 16 at a Vatican press conference by Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia of the Pontifical Council for the Family, Salvatore Martinez from the Renewal in the Holy Spirit movement, and Auxiliary Bishop Giacinto-Boulos Marcuzzo of the Latin Rite in Jerusalem.

“There are places, endowed with an extraordinary evocative and symbolic strength. Nazareth is one of those. It is the place where Jesus grew up,” where his house and family were, Archbishop Paglia said as he emphasized some of the reasons for choosing Nazareth as the location.

“It is a land—today even more than at his time—full of tension and pain. But perhaps precisely because of this, it is a land that more than any other claims the right to peace and universal brotherhood. … Christian families can become co-authors of this dream,” the archbishop stated.

Salvatore Martinez, who is the national president of Renewal in the Holy Spirit, hopes that the center will “become a privileged place for spreading the 'Gospel of the Family,' a 'showcase' of all the beautiful, the good, the true, and the just that the family offers and witnesses to in the world.”

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1 posted on 04/17/2013 10:40:50 AM PDT by marshmallow
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To: marshmallow

I think this is a wonderful idea.


2 posted on 04/17/2013 11:02:27 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: marshmallow

Good luck with that, Catholic Church.

Muslims have been making life a hell for Christians in Nazareth and Christians have been leaving in large numbers.

http://www.voanews.com/content/christian-muslim-relations-in-nazareth-amicable-christian-community-survival-endangered-122945023/173000.html


3 posted on 04/17/2013 11:32:01 AM PDT by Seeing More Clearly Now
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To: Seeing More Clearly Now

Good news has been things have eased the last few years, with the building of the massive wall.


4 posted on 04/17/2013 12:53:38 PM PDT by Biggirl ("Jesus talked to us as individuals"-Jim Vicevich/Thanks JimV!)
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