Pastor speaks of marriage, family in Rome

Monsignor Nicola Filippi celebrated mass with The Lay Centre community Nov. 16. The monsignor serves as secretary to Cardinal Agostino Vallini, vicar general of the Diocese of Rome. Msgr Filippi is also the pastor of San Roberto Belarmino Parish.

After dinner, Msgr Filippi shared the latest news about the Roman diocese, particularly with regards to Pope Francis’ apostolic exhortation on the family, Amoris Laetitia (The Joy of Love).

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“Rome needs to announce the Gospel,” said Msgr Nicola.

In his role a parish priest, he learned that Rome is a far more secular city than he had previously thought, he said.

He said one of the greatest problems facing the church today is the generation gap between those attend Mass and those who do not. While children still receive the sacraments, many of their parents do not return to church with them every Sunday. 

The family is in crisis, he said. As well, it is difficult today to find a couple where both are believers, he said.

In his exhortation Amoris Laetita (The Joy of Love), the pope speaks of a two-year marriage program, the monsignor explained. The first year would be in preparation for marriage and the second would be during the first year of marriage, so that the church can accompany the newlyweds. 

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