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2014-04-02

(-ONLY VIDEO-) Pope Francis ended his catechesis on the Sacraments with a special focus on marriage. The Pope explained that man and woman were made in God's image. For that reason, he said, they are called to leave their parents and live out God's love in "one flesh.” This union, he added, mirrors the mystery of God's love for humans, and of Christ for His Church.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

Today we conclude our catechesis on the sacraments with the sacrament of Matrimony, which brings us to the very heart of God’s loving plan for the human family.  

The Triune God created us – men and women – in his image and calls us to mirror the mystery of his love.  Married couples carry out this vocation in a full and definitive communion of life.  As "one flesh”, they become living icons of God’s love in our world, building up the Church in unity and fidelity.  

Christian marriage also reflects the mystery of Christ’s own faithful and sacrificial love for his body, the Church.  Christian spouses thus receive a special consecration and a special mission.  

While a noble vocation, marriage is not an easy one: it must constantly be strengthened by a living relationship with the Lord through prayer: mornings and evenings, at meals, in the recitation of the Rosary, and above all through the Sunday Eucharist.  Today let us pray for all families, especially those experiencing difficulties, so that by God’s mercy they can always be joyful models of faith, love and generous service in our communities.

I greet all the English-speaking pilgrims present at today’s Audience, including those from England, Wales, Denmark, Norway, Malta, Japan, Canada and the United States.  I am pleased to welcome the Catholic Health Care Federation from the United States and the priests of the Institute for Continuing Theological Formation at the Pontifical North American College.  Upon all of you, and upon your families, I invoke joy and peace in Christ our Lord.


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