13 November 2017
Popular Piety

Not just culture but regeneration of the people

Card. Farrell at the University of Murcia for the 3rd International Congress of Confraternities: Rendezvous in Malaga in 2021

The Prefect of the Dicastery for the Laity, Family and Life, Cardinal Kevin Farrell, and the delegate for the family, Msgr. Carlos Simón Vasquez, attended the 3rd International Congress of Confraternities at the Catholic University of Murcia (UCAM), in Spain.

After visiting the University, the country’s first, founded by a father, the Prefect met the “Capacitas,” a group of disabled people to whom the UCAM proposes formation and professional path in line with the optic of inclusion.

The Prefect spoke of a university model—that of in Murcia—"not based on individualism but on human and Christian values that prepare young people to face life’s challenges.” The Cardinal also presided over the conclusion of the Congress and officially designated Malaga as the seat of the next International Congress, in 2021.

“Confraternities have a genuine meaning and help to regenerate people only if they transmit the faith and encourage the Christian life of their members, promoting prayer, the sacraments, active participation in the ecclesial community, and responsibility in the mission,” he said.

In his homily during the closing Mass in the Cathedral of Murcia, the Cardinal adding that “one should not consider belonging to a Confraternity just a matter of cultural tradition” but “Confraternities can be an effective means for regenerating the people.”


Università di Murcia - III Congresso mondiale delle Confraternite