World's cardinals meet with Pope Francis to discuss, family, marriage
Francis calls for 'intelligent, courageous' pastoral approach to the family
Pope Francis, meeting with the world's cardinals, stressed that the church's pastoral approach to helping couples must be "intelligent, courageous and full of love." The pope addressed the cardinals at a two-day meeting on the church's approach to family and marriage.
The pope arrived first to welcome all cardinals at the entrance, greeting them one by one. A hundred and eighty cardinals were expected, but only 150 turned up at the New Synod Hall.
The pope arrived first to welcome all cardinals at the entrance, greeting them one by one. A hundred and eighty cardinals were expected, but only 150 turned up at the New Synod Hall. Among those present were the archbishops and Prefects of Congregations that will be created cardinals this Saturday morning.
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"We accompany them with our prayers and fraternal affection," the Pope said.
The pope said that the family was the central theme of the discussion at the meeting, "which is the fundamental cell of society. From the beginning the Creator blessed man and woman so that they might be fruitful and multiply, and so the family then is an image of the Triune God in the world."
"Our reflections," the Pope added, "must keep before us the beauty of the family and marriage, the greatness of this human reality which is so simple and yet so rich, consisting of joys and hopes, of struggles and sufferings, as is the whole of life. We will seek to deepen the theology of the family and discern the pastoral practices which our present situation requires. May we do so thoughtfully and without falling into 'casuistry.' because this would inevitably diminish the quality of our work.
"Today, the family is looked down upon and mistreated," the Pope went on to say. "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."
After the initial Veni Creator Spiritus hymn and a brief greeting from the Dean of the College of Cardinals, Angelo Sodano, the Pope and the cardinals prayed the Third Hour. The Consistory continued with a speech by Cardinal Walter Kasper which was split into two parts, with a coffee break in between and took up the entire morning. Individuals cardinals were free to give speeches that afternoon.
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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for March 2014
Respect for Women: That all cultures may respect the rights and dignity of women.
Vocations: That many young people may accept the Lordís invitation to consecrate their lives to proclaiming the Gospel.
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