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Pope Francis explains the key to fidelity during his general audience

2015-10-21

(VIDEO ONLY) Pope Francis dedicated his catechesis to explaining the promise of fidelity that spouses make. The family, he stressed, is based on this gesture, which implies the commitment to welcome and educate children, and to care for elderly parents and weaker ones in the family. He added that because today's society is "indulgent with not observing this word,” it is necessary to restore social honor to fidelity in love.

Humanity, he concluded, is built on trusting in promises.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS IN ENGLISH

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

In our catechesis on the family, we spoke last week about the promises we make to our children by bringing them into the world. Today we consider the promise of love and fidelity made between husbands and wives, which is the basis of all family life. This promise is called into question nowadays, and seen as somehow opposed to personal freedom. Yet the truth is that our freedom is shaped and sustained by our fidelity to the choices and commitments we make throughout life. Fidelity grows through our daily efforts to keep our word; indeed, fidelity to our promises is a supreme expression of our dignity as human beings. There is no greater "school” to teach us such fidelity than marriage and the family, which are, in God’s plan, a blessing for our world. Saint Paul tells us that the love which grounds the family points to the bond of love between Christ and the Church. In these days of the Synod on the Family, let us pray that the Church will uphold and strengthen the promise of the family, with creativity and with unfailing trust in that faithful love by which the Lord fulfills his every promise.


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