June 6, 2012. (Romereports.com)
Roughly 15,000 people greeted the Pope with a loud cheer, during Wednesday's general audience.
With thousands of people in St. Peter's Square, the Pope talked about his recent trip to Milan, where he celebrated the World Meeting of Families, along with one million people.
The Pope went on to explain the beauty of the family unit, by describing
it as a community of love that's open to life and based on marriage.
“This joyful international gathering was an inspiring witness to the
rich and varied identity of the family as a communion of love, based on
marriage, a sanctuary of life, a domestic church and the primary cell of
Benedict XVI thanked the city of Milan and all attendees, for their
hospitality. He also asked everyone to pray for those don't always
follow their commitment to love.
“The dialogue which took place at the Feast of Testimonies provided an
opportunity to reflect on some of the pressing challenges experienced by
families today, including the difficulty of finding time to be
together, even on the Lord's Day.”
In addition to choirs from different countries, a group of Colombian
soldiers and police officers were also in attendance. Years ago, they
were kidnapped by the country's FARC rebels. They were invited to attend
the general audience, since they wanted to thank the Pope for his