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Pope to Struggling Couples: ‘Accept Help, Save the Family’

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Pope to Struggling Couples: ‘Accept Help, Save the Family’

‘Accept help, save the family’ . . . pleaded Pope Francis to couples in difficulty, during the Christmas greetings to the Vatican”€™s employees on December 21, 2017.

In the course of this meeting in the Vatican”€™s Paul VI Hall, the Holy Father gave an off-the-cuff address in which he recalled marital difficulties: “€œI would like to say sincerely: when I know that one of your families is going through a crisis and that the children are anguished . . . I suffer,”€ he confided, urging: “€œAllow yourselves to be helped . . . please, save the families!”€

“€œI know that it”€™s not easy, that there are personality problems, psychological problems,”€ recognized the Pontiff, “€œthere are numerous problems in a marriage . . . but try to ask for help in time . . . so that the children won”€™t suffer.”€ “€œI know that among you, there are separated persons . . . and I suffer with you,”€ he said.

In his impromptu address, Pope Francis exhorted those present to “€œtake care of the family . . . the family! It”€™s the greatest treasure because God created us as family.

“The family is the image of God, man and woman, fruitful. Multiply, have children, go ahead!”€

He called on them to resolve conjugal problems without involving the children “€œbecause when parents quarrel, the children suffer, suffer.”€ It”€™s advice that I give you: never, never quarrel in front of the children, because they don”€™t understand,”€ he added.


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