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Continuing his reflections on the family, Pope Francis devoted his April 8 general audience to suffering children.

“From the first moments of their lives, some are rejected, abandoned, and robbed of their infancy and future,” said the Pope, according to Vatican Radio’s summary of his remarks.

“There are those who say it is a mistake to bring these children into the world, due to their fragility, and the hunger and poverty they suffer,” the Pope continued. “But children are never a mistake, and their sufferings are only reasons for us to love them even more.”

Noting that “even in wealthy countries, [children] suffer due to family crises and living conditions which are at times inhumane,” Pope Francis said that “the Church offers her maternal care to all children and their families, and she brings them the blessing of Jesus. May we always care for our children, not counting the cost, so that they may never believe themselves to be mistakes, but always know their infinite worth.”

With thanks to catholicculture.org

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