“As the family goes, so goes the nation and so goes the whole world in which we live.”

– Pope John Paul II


Family: A Ministry of Love

  • The church has a deeply rooted belief in family
  • In family, Jesus learned of his faith, his traditions, his role as son and his obligation to respect and love his parents


Four general tasks of the family were discussed at the 1980 Synod of Bishops, and then articulated by Pope John Paul II in this 1981 Apostolic Exhortation. Four general tasks of the family were identified:

  • to form a community of persons;
  • to serve life;
  • to participate in society’s development;
  • to share in the life and mission of the Church

For further information see the Vatican's page on Familaris Consortio, or to read one of the other Church documents on the family, please go to the Vatican homepage.