While preparations are underway for the 9th world meeting of families, to be held from 21 – 26 August 2018 in Dublin, Ireland, on the theme, “The Gospel of the Family: joy for the world,” the International Day of Families, instituted in 1994 by the United Nations General Assembly, will be celebrated on 15 May all over the world. Given the difficulties the family today encounters in carrying out its functions, we hope that the Day will serve to promote policies and actions in support of the family, recognizing its essential role as the “first cell” of society.
“Saving the family,” wrote the politician and writer, Igino Giordani, considered by Chiara Lubich to be the cofounder of the Focolare Movement, “means saving civilization. The State is composed of families; if these degenerate, also the State falters.” And he continued: “The spouses become cooperators of God in giving life and love to humanity. Love which is from the family expands to the professions, the city, the nations and humanity.”