Pope Francis has said ‘please, thanks and sorry’ are the three most important words in marriage as he urged couples to seek help and reverse Italy’s declining birthrate.
The pontiff, 85, dedicated a Sunday address to married couples on the Catholic feast day commemorating Jesus’s family.
It came halfway through a yearlong celebration of the family announced by Francis that is due to conclude in June with a big family rally in Rome.
Speaking at his studio window, Francis said he intended his letter to be a ‘Christmas present to married couples.’
He urged them to keep having children to fight the ‘demographic winter’ which, in Italy, has led to one of the lowest birthrates in the world.
‘Maybe we aren’t born into an exceptional, problem-free family, but our family is our story – everyone has to think: It’s my story,’ he said. ‘They are our roots: If we cut them, life dries up!’
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Source: Daily Mail