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Pope Francis’ words concluding Synod of Bishops on Family

 

Pope Francis delivered his closing address to the Synod of Bishops on the Family on Sunday 24 October saying: “Certainly, the Synod was not about settling all the issues having to do with the family, but rather attempting to see them in the light of the Gospel and the Church’s tradition and two-thousand-year history, bringing the joy of hope without falling into a facile repetition of what is obvious or has already been said. It was about urging everyone to appreciate the importance of the institution of the family and of marriage between a man and a woman, based on unity and indissolubility, and valuing it as the fundamental basis of society and human life.  It was about listening to and making heard the voices of the families and the Church’s pastors, who came to Rome bearing on their shoulders the burdens and the hopes, the riches and the challenges of families throughout the world.” Archbishop Eamon Martin and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin attended the Synod.

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