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Close to families

· The Secretary of State in Poland ·

Cardinal Pietro Parolin invited the Polish episcopate – who were gathered for a plenary session in Poznań on Friday morning, April 15 – to “study” and “deeply analyze” the recent apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia

The meeting took place on the second day of Parolin's visit, and was an opportunity to reaffirm the value and central importance of the family as a “fundamental unit of society”. Cardinal Parolin was appointed the papal legate for the occasion of the 1050th anniversary of Prince Mieszko's baptism.

“I am aware”, the Cardinal said, “of the many families in Poland who are trying to establish their lives on constructive values inspired by the word of God.” However, he added, “there are also other families in which life is not carried out properly or lived with peace and joy.” The papal exhortation is specifically addressed to both, and Polish bishops are called to draw inspiration and strength from it so as “to support each of them in maintaining and fostering a strong love that is full of values such as generosity, commitment, fidelity and patience”, and to “be signs of mercy and closeness to others.”

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