Pope Francis met with the European Federation of Catholic Family Associations (FAFCE) on 1 June for the 20th anniversary of their organisation. In his address, the Holy Father stressed that families play instrumental roles in society, saying “Your relationships as spouses, fathers and mothers, sons and daughters, brothers and sisters, make it possible for every person to find a place in the human family.”
Francis cautioned that the link between family and society is needed now more than ever with the looming crises in Europe and that families can no longer remain isolated from each other. “Families need to go out from themselves; they need to dialogue and to encounter others, in order to build a unity that is not uniformity and that can generate progress and advance the common good,” advised Francis.
Describing the mission to fix society as “great and complex”, the Holy Father counselled families to unite with one other in order to make the task less gruelling. He also added that doing so will require them to work together despite differences. He concluded his address by encouraging families to develop new creative methods and resources to support families.