In his message, Pope Francis reminded the participants that for the Christian community, the family is much more than a “theme”, but it “is life, the daily fabric, a path for generations through which is transmitted the faith, along with love and with fundamental moral values; [the family] is concrete solidarity, hard work, patience, and also a project, a hope, a future. All of this – which the Christian community lives in the light of faith, hope and charity – it has never kept to herself , but every day it becomes leaven in the dough of society , for the greater common good.”
The Pope said the future of society is rooted in the elderly and young people.
“The latter, because they have the strength and are of the age to be able to bring the story forward,” he explained. “The former, because they are the living memory. A people that does not take of its elderly and children and youth has no future, because it abuses both its memory and its promise.”