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Pope Francis: When society does not value marriage, it is a loss for all

(-VIDEO ONLY -) Pope Francis spoke again about the relationship between man and woman during his general audience. He explained that woman being created from the rib of man does not imply inferiority or subordination. The Pope also criticized the excesses of patriarchal societies and the female body's objectification in modern culture. He also called for society to value marriage once again and for the differences between man and woman to be preserved. SUMMARY OF THE CATECHISM IN SPANISH Dear Brothers and Sisters:  Continuing our catechesis on the family, we recall Godâ??s creation of man from the ground.  He is placed in the garden, where he is to care for creation. Yet God sees that man is alone, and so he creates woman, someone complementary with whom man can share his life. Man and woman are created to live a life of reciprocity, to enter into a covenant together. Yet sin introduces discord into their relationship, lack of trust and suspicion. We see throughout history the fruit of this sin, especially towards women â?? oppression, violence and exploitation. Most recently, this mistrust and skepticism has led our culture to disregard the marriage covenant between a man and a woman, that covenant which deepens communion and safeguards the dignity of their uniqueness. When the stable and fruitful covenant between a man and a woman is devalued by society, it is a loss for everyone, especially the young. For all our sins and weaknesses, our vocation is to care for the covenant of marriage. It is a vital and energizing vocation, through which we cooperate with our heavenly Father, who himself always cares for and protects this great gift.   AC/ATO CTV SV -BN up: MPI