Holy Father to receive Italian Large Family Association

An initiative of a couple with 10 children

(Rome Reports) – The Italian couple Giuseppe and Raffaella Butturini have organized a gathering with the Holy Father where Pope Francis will receive members of the Italian Large Family Association for their 10th anniversary. It is estimated that 7,000 people will attend the unique event. The couple had asked the Pope to celebrate their anniversary at the Vatican and he accepted the invitation right away.

Giuseppe talks about how it all began. “This association was born when two fathers, who were shopping, met at a supermarket back in August 2004. They were looking at the same fish and thinking the same thing: ‘Oh, it would be great to have this for lunch, if we could only afford it…’. It was too expensive for someone who had to provide for four or six children.”

The main goal of celebrating this anniversary is clear: they want to send society the message that a large family is the best place where children can grow. They have 10 children.

Raffaella explains, “When my husband was sick, my children supported me. We also went through economic difficulties eventually, and our house was flooded in 2010.”

Large families associations from other countries will also attend the gathering. It will begin on December 28 at 11:30 AM, marking the Feast of the Holy Family.

The situation of the family today is one of the topics that most concerns Pope Francis. On October 2015 bishops from all over the world will gather at the Vatican for the second phase of the Synod on the Family.

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