Benedict XVI Makes Appeal on UN World Day of Families
Says Work Should Sustain and Unite Families, Not Hinder Them
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VATICAN CITY, MAY 17, 2012 (Zenit.org).- In his general audience on Wednesday, Benedict XVI remarked on the United Nations’ International World Day of Families, held Tuesday. The theme chosen by the UN to mark the event was “family and work.”
The Holy Father appealed to families to use work not as a hindrance, but as a unifying element in family life. Work, he said, “should not hinder the family, but should rather sustain and unite it, and help it be open to life and to enter into relationships with society and with the Church.”
The Pontiff also expressed his hope that Sunday would be viewed by all as “a day of rest and an occasion to strengthen family bonds.”
At the beginning of June, the Holy Father will be traveling to Milan for the 7th World Meeting of Families. The theme of that event also deals with the issue of work, as well as the theme of celebration.