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The 3 key words of the Pope for a wedding: “Please, thank you, sorry”

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The 3 key words of the Pope for a wedding: “Please, thank you, sorry”

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ROME – Pope Francis on Sunday sought to encourage married couples, acknowledging that the pandemic has made some family problems worse, but urging couples to seek help and always remember three key words in a marriage: “S ‘please, thank you and sorry. “

Francis wrote a letter to married couples which was published on Sunday, a Catholic holiday commemorating the family of Jesus.

It took place halfway through a one-year family celebration announced by Francis which is due to end in June with a large family gathering in Rome.

Speaking outside his studio window on Sunday, Francis said he wanted the letter to be his “Christmas present to married couples.” He urged them to continue having children to fight the “demographic winter” which in Italy has led to one of the lowest birth rates in the world.

“Maybe we weren’t born into a great, trouble-free family, but our family is our story – everyone has to think: it’s my story,” he said. “These are our roots: if we cut them, life runs dry!

In the letter, Francis said closures and quarantines have forced families to spend more time together. But he noted that such forced solidarity sometimes tested the patience of parents and siblings and in some cases led to real hardship.

“The pre-existing problems were compounded, creating conflicts which in some cases became almost unbearable. Many even experienced the breakdown of a relationship,” Francis wrote.

He offered his closeness to these families and reminded parents that the breakdown of a marriage is especially difficult for children, who see their parents as a constant source of stability, love, trust and strength.

“The breakdown of a marriage causes immense suffering, as many hopes are dashed and misunderstandings can lead to arguments and wounds that are difficult to heal,” he said. “Children end up suffering the pain of seeing their parents no longer be together.

He urged parents to continue to seek help in trying to overcome conflict, including through prayer. “Remember also that forgiveness heals every wound,” he said.

He repeated a refrain he used often in meetings with families and married couples, listing the three most important words in a marriage: “Please, thank you and sorry.”

Picking up the theme in his remarks to tourists and passers-by in St. Peter’s Square, Francis said that failure to make peace before bed at night can lead to a “cold war” the next morning.

“How often, unfortunately, conflicts arise within domestic walls due to prolonged periods of silence and unchecked selfishness!” he said. “Sometimes it even results in physical and moral violence. It tears the harmony apart and kills the family.”

He urged families to put their cell phones down at the table and talk. “It’s sad to see a family at lunch, each with their own cell phone not talking to each other, everyone is talking on the cell phone,” he said.

Then when an argument breaks out, everyone repeats their refrains “staging a comedy they have already seen where everyone wants to be right and at the end an icy silence falls. This dry and cold silence, after a family discussion, is ugly, so ugly! ” he said.

He urged parents not to think of themselves but of others, and to pray “for the gift of peace”.

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