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2012-06-03

A Greek family explained to the pope how the poor economy had seriously affected their business and family.

GREEK FAMILY
"To support our families, each passing day we have less and less. Our situation is one of many millions of people. In our city people walk with their heads down and no one trusts anyone, there is a lack of hope.”

BENEDICT XVI
"In Europe we have a support network, but maybe there's a need for fraternity in another sense: a family of the West, from Italy, Germany, and France to assume the responsibility to help other families. In this way parishes, the cities really take responsibility and help in a concrete way."

He also called on political leaders to give help to families that have been affected by the economic crisis.

The Pope also explained the importance of the vocation to marriage, of the struggles that it carries and the meaning of love.

Benedict XVI also shared some memories of his family.

BENEDICT XVI
"At home it was important, of course, when we ate together. And then we sang a lot, my brother is a great musician, he has done compositions since childhood for all of us, and the entire family would sing together. My father played the harp and sang, they are unforgettable moments."

A family from Brazil asked the Pope how they could offer help to divorced couples.

BENEDICT XVI
"These people, - as you said - the Church loves them and they must see and feel this love. It's a great task of the parish, the Catholic community, to make a real effort to make them feel they are loved, accepted, they are not "out" even if they can not receive absolution and the Eucharist. They have to see that they can still fully live in the Church.”

Many of these families spent the night in Milan's Bresso Park in order to have the best spots for the closing Mass of World Meeting of Families on Sunday morning.


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