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Violence against women harms society, Pope tells African bishops

 

Vatican Popes Saints(Catholic Herald UK) Catholic bishops and priests must continue to teach men and women how to live moral lives according to the Gospel, Pope Francis told bishops from southern Africa.

Declining birth rates, abortion, leaving the Catholic Church for “other groups who seem to promise something better,” divorce and “violence against women and children” all “threaten the sanctity of marriage, the stability of life in the home and consequently the life of society as a whole,” the pope said in a message to the bishops.

Meeting the bishops from South Africa, Botswana and Swaziland on Friday, Pope Francis praised the missionaries who brought the Gospel to southern Africa and the bishops, priests, religious and laypeople who keep it alive in “flourishing parishes, thriving often against very great odds.”

In countries where most people “can identify at once with Jesus who was poor and marginalized,” the pope said, Catholics provide loving service to “God’s most vulnerable sons and daughters: widows, single mothers, the divorced, children at risk and especially the several million Aids orphans, many of whom head households in rural areas.” [more]

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Catholic Herald UK

 
 
 
 

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