Church and society must learn from families, pope says at audience

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October 7, 2015

Pope Francis greets a baby during his general audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Oct. 7. The pope said that when families mirror God's love for all, they teach the church how it should relate to all people. (CNS photo/Paul Haring) See POPE-AUDIENCE-NETS Oct. 7, 2015.

Pope Francis greets a baby during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican Oct. 7. The pope said that when families mirror God’s love for all, they teach the church how it should relate to all people. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Society and the church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the church and the family is “indissoluble,” Pope Francis said.

Families bring needed values and a humanizing spirit to society and, when they mirror God’s love for all, they teach the church how it should relate to all people, including the “imperfect,” the pope said Oct. 7 during his weekly general audience.

While members of the Synod of Bishops on the family were meeting in small groups, Pope Francis held his audience with an estimated 30,000 people in St. Peter’s Square. He asked them to accompany the synod with their prayers.

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