Benedict XVI Urges Spouses to Pray Together

VATICAN CITY, JUNE 15, 2011 (Zenit.org).- Many couples might arrive to their wedding day without ever having prayed together, but Benedict XVI is urging spouses to join together in prayer so that their love can be “ever truer and lasting.”

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The Pope made this invitation at the end of today’s general audience, when he offered his traditional greeting to youth, the sick and newlyweds.

“Dear newlyweds,” he said, “I offer the heartfelt wish that you learn to pray together, so that your love be ever truer and lasting.”

Married couples within the first two months of their marriage are invited to special seating at the papal general audience and many attend in their wedding garments.

The Holy Father’s message to the young noted that some have begun summer vacation while others are taking exams.

“May the Lord help you to live this period with serenity, and experience the enthusiasm of faith,” he said. 

Finally, he invited the sick to “find comfort in the Lord, who illumines your suffering with his salvific love.”

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