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pope-francis-odonnellPope Francis has renewed the appointment of Christendom College President Dr. Timothy O’Donnell as consultor to the Pontifical Council for the Family. O’Donnell received a letter earlier this month from Council President Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia stating his congratulations.

“It is a great honor to be asked to continue to serve the universal church,” O’Donnell said. “I am deeply appreciative of Pope Francis’ renewal of my position as consultor. Given the assaults on marriage and the family today, this continues to be a crucial area, not only in terms of advancing the teachings of the Church, but even the common good of society.”

O’Donnell was appointed to the Council in 2002 by Pope St. John Paul the Great—an appointment that was renewed in 2009 by Benedict XVI.  As a consulter, O’Donnell has delivered addresses during Plenary Assemblies of the Pontifical Council and has been charged with drafting reports for the Vatican on the state of the family based on the insights of the English speaking countries.

The Pontifical Council for the Family was instituted by Pope St. John Paul with the Motu Proprio “Familia a Deo Instituta” in 1981. It is responsible for the promotion of the pastoral ministry and apostolate to the family, through the application of the teachings and guidelines of the ecclesiastical Magisterium, to help Christian families fulfill their educational and apostolic mission.

More information about the Council can be found at www.vatican.va.

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