VATICAN CITY – Catholics, like everyone, often are challenged to balance the demands of family, work and free time, but they also have an obligation to show others there is a Christian approach to all three.

“Our being Catholic should become a unique and original way of living the challenges that face every family,” said Cardinal Dionigi Tettamanzi of Milan at a Vatican news conference on May 24 to discuss plans for the World Meeting of Families 2012.

The international gathering, co-sponsored by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be held in Milan, Italy, from May 30-June 3, 2012. Pope Benedict XVI is expected to attend.
At the news conference, Cardinal Tettamanzi and Cardinal Ennio Antonelli, president of the family council, presented catechetical material to help Catholic couples around the world prepare for the gathering.

The Family: Work and Celebration is the theme for the 2012 gathering and while Cardinal Antonelli said specific challenges vary widely around the world, “globalisation means that many problems are becoming common everywhere in the world”.

The Pontifical Council for the Family has translated the catechetical material into various languages and will send the texts to bishops’ conferences to print, distribute and adapt, he said.

Milan archdiocese has launched a website for the 2012 meeting ( and the Pontifical Council for the Family also has opened a new website ( although as of May 24 most of the content was available only in Italian. n CNS

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