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Pope Francis starts new cycle of catechesis on family issues

2015-06-03

(-ONLY VIDEO-) Pope Francis explained that his next catechesis will be devoted to analyzing the "vulnerabilities" of the family.

Today, he said that impoverished families threaten society. He explained that poverty threatens family unity and appealed to world leaders to protect families.

He emphasized that today's culture encourages selfishness that hurts family ties.

SUMMARY OF THE CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters: 

Today we consider one of the conditions which afflict too many families, namely, poverty.  And yet, in the worst of circumstances, even in war torn areas, how often these families persevere with dignity, entrusting themselves to the goodness of God.  It is a miracle that even in extreme situations families continue to be formed and sustained.  Sadly, our modern economies often promote individual wellbeing at the expense of the family.  As Christians, however, we must always look for ways to strengthen and support families, especially poorer ones.  The Church, as a mother, can never be blind to the sufferings of her children.  For each of us, this means choosing simplicity both individually and in our institutions, so as to break down walls of division and overcome all difficulties, especially poverty.  A poorer Church will bear fruit for so many of her needy children.  Let us pray for the grace of conversion so that Christian families everywhere will be truly committed to helping their poorer brothers and sisters.

I greet the English speaking pilgrims and visitors taking part in today’s Audience, including those from Ireland, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Taiwan, Canada and the United States.  I pray that your visit to Rome may strengthen your faith in the Lord.  In a particular way I wish to express my closeness to the Chinese people in these difficult moments after the ferry disaster in the Yangtze River.  I pray for the victims, their families and for all involved in the rescue efforts.  Upon all of you and your loved ones, I invoke the Lord Jesus’ abundant blessings of peace and joy.  May God bless you all!


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