Popeâs Letter to Families

In his welcoming remarks to the members of the College of Cardinals, Pope Francis said "During these days, we will reflect in particular on the family, which is the fundamental cell of society. .... We will seek to deepen the theology of the family and discern the pastoral practices which our present situation requires. .... Today, the family is looked down upon and mistreated. We are called to acknowledge how beautiful, true and good it is to start a family, to be a family today; and how indispensable the family is for the life of the world and for the future of humanity. We are called to make known God's magnificent plan for the family and to help spouses joyfully experience this plan in their lives, as we accompany them amidst so many difficulties with a pastoral care that is sound, courageous and full of love."


In addition, a letter written on February 2 by Pope Francis to families was released. In it, Pope Francis asks "May we all, then, pray together so that through these events the Church will undertake a true journey of discernment and adopt the necessary pastoral means to help families face their present challenges with the light and strength that comes from the Gospel....I ask you to pray also for me, so that I may serve the People of God in truth and in love."

Click here to read the letter of Pope Francis to families.