Big Families Are Sign of Optimism, Says Pontiff
Calls for Legislation to Safeguard and Support Them
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VATICAN CITY, FEB. 16, 2012 (Zenit.org).- Benedict XVI on Wednesday offered words of encouragement for families with many children.
At the end of the general audience, he greeted representatives of the National Association of Large Families.
"In today's social context, families with many children are a witness of faith, of courage and of optimism, for without children there is no future," he said.
The Holy Father added that he hopes "adequate social and legislative measures for the safeguarding and support of larger families will continue to be promoted, since these families constitute a source of wealth and hope for the entire country."