Cardinal Arinze: “The family comes from God”
(Vatican Radio) Following Sunday’s opening Mass for the Ordinary General Synod on the Family, Cardinal Francis Arinze reflected on the significance of the readings for the three week assembly of bishops.
Cardinal Arinze, who is Prefect Emeritus of the Congregation for the Divine Worship and Discipline of the Sacraments, was present at the 5 Oct Mass at the Vatican with Pope Francis to open the Synod.
Listen to Vatican Radio’s interview with Cardinal Arinze:
“The readings were as if they were prepared for the Synod,” he said and noted that the family is a gift from God. Quoting from the Book of Genesis, he noted that uniting Eve with Adam means that God is the source of the family.
This unity is underscored by Christ’s admonition that “what God has put together, let nobody separate.” Cardinal Arinze added, this is “very clear.”
The Ordinary Synod runs from 4-25 October and focuses on the vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the modern world.