Mexico's "Family Day" Gets Papal Praise

MEXICO CITY, MARCH 7, 2005 (Zenit.org).- John Paul II sent a telegram for the occasion of Mexico’s first “Family Day” encouraging its organizers to human and Christian values within the home.

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The Pope, who is hospitalized in Rome, sent the message for the Sunday event. Cardinal Norberto Rivera Carrera of Mexico City read the papal message during Mass in the cathedral here.

In the telegram, signed by Vatican Secretary of State Cardinal Angelo Sodano, the Holy Father encouraged the organizers of the initiative “to promote within the home human and Christian values which make it not only a place of generous acceptance of life but also the first and irreplaceable school of coexistence, participation and solidarity, in which faith is transmitted and the Christian meaning of life is cultivated.”

The Pope urged “that no home will be lacking the necessary spiritual and material help to fulfill, with dignity, its commitment as basic cell of society and ‘domestic church’ in which is cultivated genuine respect for human life in each one of its phases.”

Seven out of 10 Mexican families retain their normal structure of father, mother and children.

In recent years, one-parent families have increased, because of separation or men’s migration to the United States.

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