War, greed, consumerism, ‘cult of appearance’ harm families, pope says

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June 3, 2015

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican June 3. (CNS photo/Alessandro Di Meo, EPA) See POPE-AUDIENCE June 3, 2015.

Pope Francis speaks during his weekly audience in St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican June 3. (CNS photo/Alessandro Di Meo, EPA)

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Families are weakened and destroyed by war, “the mother of all forms of poverty,” as well as by economies and policies that worship money and power, Pope Francis said.

“It’s almost a miracle” that, even in poverty and crisis, the family can keep on going, safeguarding its bonds and staying intact, he said at his weekly general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 3.

Leaders who consider family ties and affection as something peripheral to the quality of life “don’t understand a thing,” he said. “Instead, we should kneel before these families, who are a true school of humanity, who are saving society from barbarity.”

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