September 21, 2012. (Romereports.com)(-ONLY VIDEO-)
During an 'ad limina' visit with French Bishops, Benedict XVI highlighted the importance of defending life and the family
. This, said the Pope, should not be seen as backwards, but rather as a way for the human person to fully develop. These 'ad limina' visits are meetings that allow bishops to exchange views with the Pope and viceversa. They take place once every seven to eight years.
As France tackles debates about same sex marriage, the Pope encouraged bishops to avoid misunderstandings that undermine the true nature of life, marriage and the family.
When it comes to parish management, the Pope talked about the role of the laity. He also called on bishops to not impose a bureaucratic, closed or complex models in pastoral life.