“In the task of bringing God to our contemporaries, families play a privileged role, for in them, the life of faith is lived daily in joy, dialogue, forgiveness and love.”
Ahead of World Aids Day on December 1, the Pope also voiced his support to ecclesiastical groups and causes dedicated to stemming the AIDS epidemic.
During the audience, he particularly cited the millions of deaths and suffering caused by AIDS in some of the poorest countries in the world, where access to treatment is severely limited.
“In particular, my thoughts are with the large number of children that contracted the virus from their mothers, despite therapies to prevent it.”
During the audience, Benedict XVI also greeted visitors from around the world, in particular, nearly 500 members from the Italian court system, as well as a group of about 90 lay leaders from dioceses from all over South Korea.