On 25 March earlier this year, Pope Francis made a pastoral visit to Milan, Italy’s industrial and financial capital. During the one-day visit, the Pope visited immigrant families in the Forlanini quarter of the city.
In his speeches, the Pope did not mince his words as he reminded families of the responsibilities about bringing a child into the world. “The children are watching us, and you cannot imagine the anguish that children feel when their parents argue…When you fight, your children suffer and do not grow in faith.”
On the subject of marriage, he encouraged families to read his apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia, even pointing out specific chapters on love and marriage. The Holy Father also counselled not to underestimate children, “They manage to grasp everything, they notice everything and since they are very, very intuitive, they draw their conclusions and their teachings.”
“Take care of them, take care of their hearts, their joy and their hope,” he later added.
He concluded by illustrating the importance of interaction between different families through their own traditions, “In this way, faith becomes an exigence for the family with other families, with friends, with befriended families… This is beautiful, and it helps us to live the commandment to sanctify the feast days.”
Source: Dicastery for Laity, Family and Life
Photo: Associated Press