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Polish Priest Named Family-Council Secretary

VATICAN CITY, NOV. 11, 2007 ( Benedict XVI named Monsignor Grzegorz Kaszak, currently rector of the Pontifical Polish Ecclesiastical Institute, as secretary of the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Monsignor Kaszak represented Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo, president of that Vatican dicastery, at the 4th World Congress of Families, which took place last May in Poland.

Monsignor Kaszak replaces Bishop Karl Josef Romer, who recently turned 75.

Pope John Paul II instituted the Pontifical Council for the Family in 1981, replacing the Committee for the Family established by Pope Paul VI in 1973.

The council oversees the promotion of the pastoral ministry and apostolate of the family, in application of the teachings and guidance of the ecclesiastical magisterium, with the aim of helping Christian families accomplish the educational and apostolic mission to which they are called.

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The Weapon of Peace

Save Your people, O Lord, and bless Your inheritance; * grant victory to Your Church over her enemies * and protect Your commonwealth by Your Cross. (Troparion, Tone 1)

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Seek, my child, the nobility of the soul, for it is truth; that of the body is false. Do not seek honor from men, for this injures one; but rather, seek heavenly glory . . . . You are to be sympathetic with all the brethren and help them as much as possible; and, you are to minister to them that are unable or weak. Do not desire to live by another's labors . . . . Never ridicule anyone, and especially when they are in misfortune. When you hear that a certain brother is disorderly, supplicate God to correct his life. Visit and help the sick, and serve the brethren as their servant; so you might be a friend of Christ Who, for your sake, became a servant and minister. Always heed, my child, not to fall into temptations. However, if it happens that you should fall, immediately rise up and amend yourself with repentance, and again hasten to prayer. In this manner, live your life, my child, and God shall always come to you and help you in soul and body.

St. Theodora of Alexandria, "The Lives of the Spiritual Mothers: An Orthodox Materikon of Women Monastics and Ascetics