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Pope's General Audience focuses on family and forgiveness

2015-11-04

(-VIDEO ONLY-) Pope Francis focused the catechesis of his weekly general audience on how families can teach forgiveness. He said the family is the first place where people learn the virtue.

Further, the Pope added that he hopes the Jubilee of Mercy will encourage families to become more forgiving.

SUMMARY OF THE POPE'S CATECHESIS

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

Following the recent Assembly of the Synod of Bishops which reflected on the vocation and mission of the family, today we reflect on the importance of the family as the place where we learn the value of forgiveness. Each day, in the words of the Our Father, we ask God to forgive us and to grant us the grace to forgive others. As difficult as forgiveness may be, it is essential for our personal growth, our capacity to acknowledge our failures and to mend broken relationships.

It is a virtue we learn first in the family. Forgiveness strengthens families in love and, through them, makes society as a whole more loving and humane. It is a solid rock on which to build our lives and an eloquent sign of our Christian discipleship and obedience to the Father’s will. May the coming Jubilee of Mercy encourage families everywhere to rediscover the power of forgiveness, and enable the great family of the Church to proclaim the power of God’s reconciling love at work in our world.