Dear families, you know very well that the true joy which we experience in the family is not superficial; it does not come from material objects, from the fact that everything seems to be going well. . . . True joy comes from a profound harmony between persons, something which we all feel in our hearts.
Since his election, Pope Francis has expressed his concern for the urgent pastoral needs of families. In this collection, the Holy Father speaks to families personally, offering his distinctive combination of love and pastoral wisdom.
Pope Francis Speaks to Families includes words to families in general as well as advice directed specifically to married and engaged couples, mothers, fathers, and children. These excerpts from Pope Francis public addresses will hearten and enlighten you, whatever your role in the greater family of the Church. This is a joyful book, easy to dip into or read straight through.
- A book that belongs in every Catholic family home.
-The perfect gift for those newly engaged or starting a family.
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on 17 December 1936 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. As a young man, he worked briefly as a chemical technician and nightclub bouncer before entering the Jesuits. He was ordained a priest in 1969, and from 1973 to 1979, was Argentina’s Provincial Superior of the Society of Jesus. He became the Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998, and was appointed a Cardinal in 2001.
Following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on 28 February 2013, Bergoglio was named his successor on 13 March. He chose the name Francis in honor of Saint Francis of Assisi. He is the first Jesuit Pope, the first Pope from the Americas, the first Pope from the Southern Hemisphere, and the first non-European Pope in over 1200 years.
Pope Francis has been noted for his humility, his concern for the poor, and his commitment to dialogue as a way to build bridges between people of all backgrounds, beliefs, and faiths.