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Maybe you come from a happy family, a healthy family. Or maybe yours is a flawed family, a struggling family, a broken family. Maybe you’re scared to get married and have a family. No matter who you are, you are part of a family, and Pope Francis wrote this love letter to you. He addresses all the myriad realities of families today with compassion, hope, and encouragement.
Pope Francis sees marriage as a dynamic path to personal development and fulfillment. Instead of wasting energy worrying about our family challenges, we can find creative, transformative ways to offer truth, mercy, and hope to our loved ones. Love enables us to see, beyond all else, the great worth of a human being. With enthusiasm and joy, we can celebrate all that it means to be part of a family.
Pope Francis was born Jorge Mario Bergoglio on December 17, 1936, in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He was ordained as a priest in 1969, and became Archbishop of Buenos Aires in 1998. He was elected pope by the College of Cardinals following the resignation of Pope Benedict XVI on March 13, 2013.
His life has been marked by a deep humility, concern for the poor, and a passion for engaging people from all walks of life in a conversation about the role of faith in our lives and in the world.
The Joy of the Gospel is his first Apostolic Exhortation.
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