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Committee told families the key to evangelisation

An Australian follow-up to Pope John Paul II's World Meeting of Families has been told that a major part of evangelisation can and should take place through the family.

Australian delegates met in Canberra last month under the auspices of the Bishops' Committee for the Family and for Life. The director of the Melbourne campus of the John Paul II Institute for Marriage and Family, Fr Anthony Fisher OP, outlined to the meeting the Holy Father's vision for evangelisation through the family.

"The needs of families can sometimes blind us to their strengths," delegate Keith Linard of Sydney told The Catholic Leader. "They are in fact one of the major ways in which the Gospel message is passed on to others.

Strategies suggested included ranged from educational measures at various levels, support for families with disabilities, prayer 'chains', media initiatives, and improved networking and communication on family issues.

Catholic Leader