It was an evening full of excitement, music, colors, and testimonies of faith. The celebration of the families and the prayer vigil presided by Pope Francis in Philadelphia – which was attended by thousands of people – has left a sign. And, above all, a certainty: “It is worth fighting for family!” Before beginning his speech, the Pontiff has listened to the experiences of men and women who have walked with joy towards the Lord. Among the many contributions, there were Aretha Franklin’s gospel and Andrea Bocelli’s Our Father. The bishop of Rome, during his speech, clarified that a “a society grows strong and develops well if it has been built on the foundation of the family”. Once, he recalled, a child asked him: “What did God before creating the world?” “God loved – said the Holy Father – because he is Love”, a “big and overwhelming” love.
“All the love that God has in Himself – he added – all the beauty that God possesses, the whole truth God bears inside of him, he delivers all of it to the family”. According to the Pope, God likes knocking at the “door of the family’s heart”, so as to create a society “of goodness, truth, and beauty”. Peter’s successor continued explaining that the family has a letter of “divine citizenship” and it is founded “on love, beauty and truth”. It is a “factory of hope, resurrection and life” in which children live together with their grandparents who “”have reposed their trust in them and have transmitted them faith”. “We defend family, because our future is at stake”, he pointed out. The Pope, talking about the undeniable difficulties present in the family, has joked also about himself: “Father, you say this because you are a ‘confirmed bachelor’… Husbands and wives quarrel sometimes. Children create problems. Left aside the mother-in-law!” “But – he continued – in family there is always life, because the love of God opens the doors to life”.
Bergoglio, finally, called on to work, to commit ourselves to a ‘pro-family’ society. A society in which ‘bread, the gift of the earth and of Man’s work’ continues to be offered in every home feeding the hope of its children”. Today is the last day of the historic journey to Cuba and the United States. At 9.15 a.m. is programmed the meeting with the visiting Bishops of the World Meeting of Families held in the American city. At 11.00 Francis will visit the inmates of the Curran-Fromhold prison, whereas at 16.00 he will celebrate the final Mass of the eighth World Meeting of Families, in Benjamin Franklin Parkway.