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Pope's General Audience: Protect the Family bond between brothers and sisters

2015-02-18

(-ONLY VIDEO-) In his weekly catechesis Pope Francis focused on the family, specifically in the importance of protecting the relationship among brothers and sisters. It's precisely within the family, he said, where one learns to reconcile  differences and divisions. 

SUMMARY OF POPE'S CATECHESIS: 

Dear Brothers and Sisters:  In our continuing catechesis on the family, we now reflect on the importance of brothers and sisters.  Growing up in a family with other children is a profound human experience which is fulfilled in Christ, who became our brother and made us children of God our Father. 

 The story of Cain and Abel shows that we are indeed our brothers’ keeper (cf Gen 4:9) within the human family.  In families, we learn how to be good brothers and sisters; what we learn at home then becomes a source of enrichment for society as a whole.  The grace of Christ leads us to see others as our brothers and sisters, reconciles differences and divisions, and offers the promise of a society of true freedom and equality. 

 The experience of fraternal love in families is seen especially in the care shown to our children with special needs.  Jesus teaches us that this same love must be shown to all our brothers and sisters, especially those in greatest need.  May our often impersonal societies learn to foster a spirit of fraternity, and may families everywhere come to appreciate the great blessing of God found in our young who love, and are loved, as brothers and sisters.

I greet the English-speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from England, Japan and the United States of America.  Upon you and your families I cordially invoke joy and peace in the Lord Jesus. God bless you all!


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