June 3, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Before some 350,000 people, Benedict XVI responded to questions from five families from different countries.
A Greek family explained to the pope how the poor economy had seriously affected their business and family.
“To support our families, each passing day we have less and less. Our
situation is one of many millions of people. In our city people walk
with their heads down and no one trusts anyone, there is a lack of
"In Europe we have a support network, but maybe there's a need for
fraternity in another sense: a family of the West, from Italy, Germany,
and France to assume the responsibility to help other families. In this
way parishes, the cities really take responsibility and help in a
He also called on political leaders to give help to families that have been affected by the economic crisis.
The Pope also explained the importance of the vocation to marriage, of the struggles that it carries and the meaning of love.
Benedict XVI also shared some memories of his family.
"At home it was important, of course, when we ate together. And then we
sang a lot, my brother is a great musician, he has done compositions
since childhood for all of us, and the entire family would sing
together. My father played the harp and sang, they are unforgettable
A family from Brazil asked the Pope how they could offer help to divorced couples.
“These people, - as you said - the Church loves them and they must see
and feel this love. It's a great task of the parish, the Catholic
community, to make a real effort to make them feel they are loved,
accepted, they are not "out" even if they can not receive absolution and
the Eucharist. They have to see that they can still fully live in the
Many of these families spent the night in Milan's Bresso Park in order
to have the best spots for the closing Mass of World Meeting of Families
on Sunday morning.