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Pope to Polish Bishops: Prepare couples for marriage... don't exclude the divorced from God's mercy

(ONLY VIDEO) On Friday morning, Pope Francis met with Poland's Episcopal Conference, at the Vatican. The next few years will be quite busy for Polish bishops, especially with coming canonization of John Paul II and with World Youth Day taking place in Krakow in 2016. ;

Through a written statement, the Pope highlighted several points, including the need for pastors to promote unity. He specifically mentioned the high divorce rate among Christians, asking pastors to better prepare couples for marriage and to lend support to divorced couples as well, so they may find comfort in their faith and not abandon it.

The meetings marks the end of their five-yearly 'ad limina' visit. ;

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;EXCERPT ;OF POPE'S WRITTEN STATEMENT

Source: Vatican Radio

The family, "the place where one learns to live in difference and to belong to others, and where parents transmit faith to their children", should occupy a central position in the ordinary pastoral care of bishops, also because "nowadays marriage tends to be viewed as a form of mere emotional satisfaction that can be constructed in any way or modified at will.

Unfortunately this vision also influences the mentality of Christians, promoting a tendency towards divorce or separation. Pastors are called upon to ask themselves how they can help those who experience this situation, so that they are not excluded from God's mercy, from the fraternal love of other Christians and the care of the Church for their salvation; on how to help them not to abandon their faith and to enable them to raise their children in the fullness of Christian experience".

;In this respect, he commented on the need for bishops to consider how to improve the preparation of young people for marriage, so that they are able to "discover the beauty of this union, based on love and responsibility", and how to "help families to live and appreciate not only moments of joy, but also those of pain and weakness".

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