Pope: a Bible for every family, to read it often, every day
- "A Bible in every family! Don't
just put it on a shelf, but to keep it at hand, to read it often, every day, either
individually or together, husband and wife, parents and children, maybe in the
evening, especially on Sundays. So the family grows, walks, with the light and power
of the Word of God".
This was Pope Francis's suggestion at the Angelus today with tens of thousands of pilgrims in St Peter's Square. This idea coincided with the opening of the Synod on "The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization" (5 to 19 October 2014), with a Mass presided over by Pope Francis in the basilica.
In fact, in St Peter's Square today and other squares in Italy, the Paulines, the order founded by Blessed Giacomo Alberione, were distributing copies of the Bible, to celebrate the centenary of their foundation.
"But in order for the family to advance, with confidence and hope, it needs to be nourished by the Word of God", said the Pope as he showed everyone a copy of the Bible that was being distributed.
He also asked everyone to pray for the work of the Synod "invoking the maternal intercession of the Virgin Mary. At this time, we associate spiritually with those in the Shrine of Pompeii, who elevate the traditional "Supplication" Our Lady of the Rosary. May she bring peace, to families and the whole world!"