TORONTO (April 7, 2016) On Friday, April 8, 2016, the Vatican will release Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation (papal document to the global church), “Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family”, bringing together the results of two recent Synods on the family convoked by the Holy Father in 2014 and 2015. To help provide context to this important document and recognizing the many pastoral challenges facing the family today, Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, and a panel (including theologians and a married couple) will meet with the media to answer questions and offer brief reflections on Amoris Laetitia.
What: Media availability with Cardinal Collins and panel to discuss Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation, “Amoris Laetitia: On Love in the Family.”
When: Friday, April 8, 2016 – 1:00 p.m.
Where: Catholic Pastoral Centre 1155 Yonge St. (at Shaftesbury Ave.)
Who: Cardinal Thomas Collins, Archbishop of Toronto. Cardinal Collins participated in the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome.
Dr. Moira McQueen – Moral Theologian and Executive Director of the Canadian Catholic Bioethics Institute, Dr. McQueen participated in the 2015 Synod on the Family in Rome.
Dr. Josephine Lombardi – Associate Professor of Pastoral and Systematic Theology at St. Augustine’s Seminary, Dr. Lombardi has many years of pastoral experience working in parishes and schools.
Randy & Anna Boyagoda – Dr. Randy Boyagoda is a professor at Ryerson University and writes frequently about religion, politics, and culture. Dr. Anna Boyagoda directs the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program for the Archdiocese of Toronto. Randy & Anna have four children, ages 3-10.
The Archdiocese of Toronto is Canada’s largest diocese, stretching from Toronto north to Georgian Bay and from Oshawa to Mississauga. It is home to 1.9 million Catholics and 225 churches, with Mass celebrated in more than 30 languages each week.