Vatican - Pope Francis to families "May the love you live among yourselves always be open, directed outwards, capable of ‘touching’ the weak and wounded you meet along the way."
Vatican City - June 2022 - On June 25 in St. Peter's Square Pope Francis celebrated Mass on the occasion of the 10th World Meeting of Families, held in Rome on June 22-26, on the theme "Family Love: a vocation and a path to holiness." In the final part of his homily, the Holy Father said, "Dear families, you too are invited not to have other priorities, 'not to turn back,' that is, not to regret the life of before, the freedom of before, with its deceptive illusions: life becomes fossilized when it does not welcome the newness of God's call, regretting the past. When Jesus calls, even to marriage and family, he asks us to look ahead and always goes before us on the journey, always goes before us in love and service. Those who follow Him are not disappointed!" "May the love you live among yourselves always be open, directed outwards, capable of ‘touching’ the weak and wounded, the frail in body and the frail in spirit, and all whom you meet along the way. Love, in fact, even family love," Francis concluded, "is purified and strengthened when it is gifted. The Church is with you, indeed, the Church is with you and in you!... For the Church was born of a family, the Holy Family of Nazareth, and is made up mostly of families.”