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Pope says family members must talk to one another more

Pope John Paul II has identified helping families in difficulty as one of the most urgent priorities for the Church's pastoral mission, particularly through fostering their spiritual lives and encouraging members to talk to one another.

The Pope made this appeal on Friday when he met with the participants of the plenary assembly of the Pontifical Council for the Family, presided over by Cardinal Alfonso López Trujillo. The assembly met last week with a focus on the topic "Family Pastoral Care and Couples in Difficulty."

"In an increasingly secularised world, it is ever more important that the believing family acquire a consciousness of its own vocation and mission," the Holy Father said.

"In every context and circumstance, the point of departure for this consists in safeguarding and intensifying prayer, an incessant prayer to the Lord to increase one's faith and make it more vigorous," he added.

"As I wrote in the apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, published on Wednesday at the beginning of the 25th year of this pontificate: 'The family that prays together, stays together,'" the Pope noted.

"It is true that, when one lives through particular moments, science can offer good help, but nothing can replace an ardent, personal and confident faith that is open to the Lord," John Paul II stressed.


Pontifical Council for the Family

22 Oct 2002