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Bishop Christopher J. Coyne of Burlington, Vt., looks at a program during a July 9 media tour in Philadelphia for Pope Francis' trip to the U.S. in September. (CNS photo/Bob Roller)

Family has an essential role, Pope concludes before US visit

Ahead of the World Meeting of Families and the synod of bishops, Pope Francis concludes his catechesis on marriage and the family

Pope Francis concluded his catechesis on marriage and the family at his weekly general audience this morning.

Ahead of next week’s World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in the US next week (preparations above) and next month’s synod of bishops, the Pope delivered his final reflection, looking at the importance of the family in a society of ‘economic colonisation which subordinate ethics to profits.’

“In these past months, guided by God’s Word, we have reflected on the perennial value of the covenant between man and woman for the future of the entire human family,” the Holy Father told pilgrims in St Peter’s Square. “In the Creator’s plan, marriage and the family have an essential role in shaping an ever more humane political, economic and social life.

“This role is all the more critical today, in a society increasingly subject to technology and to forms of economic colonisation which subordinate ethics to profits.”

“From the beginning, God entrusted His creation to man and woman,” the Pope added. “Despite our rejection of His original blessing, He continues to watch over our efforts to make this world our common home. In a special way, by the coming of Jesus His Son, He has maintained His promise (cf. Gen 3:15) to bless and protect us in every generation. May families everywhere come to know this blessing!”




Pic: Bishop Christopher J Coyne of Burlington, Vt, looks at a programme during media tour in Philadelphia for Pope Francis’ trip to the US next week.



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