The WMOF committee from Uruguay The WMOF committee from Uruguay 

Pope to Uruguay WMOF: Take care of family, for therein lies life

Pope Francis sends a message to a Uruguayan diocese marking the closure of the World Meeting of Families, and urging each person to care for their family.

By Francesca Merlo

The World Meeting of Families, which took place in the Vatican on 22-26 June, was celebrated in dioceses worldwide, according to the wishes of Pope Francis. The Rome gathering was attended by around 2,000 families from around the world.

At the closure of the WMOF, Pope Francis sent a video message to Uruguay, and in particular to the diocese of San José de Mayo. In his message, the Holy Father offered his greetings and assured each person of his closeness. 

The Pope stressed the importance of the family.

“Take care of the family. Defend the family. For therein lies life. Therein lies history. Therein lies what God wants from each one of us. When He came into the world, He wanted to be born into a family.”

The Pope concluded his short message by asking the faithful of Uruguay to strive ahead without fear. Though it is not easy, he said, life is better with family.

Finally, he stressed, "May God bless you. May the Virgin protect you, and please do not forget to pray for me."

29 June 2022, 12:54