WASHINGTON, United States (AFP) – Pope Francis warned US lawmakers on Thursday that the institution of the family is under threat and young people are facing pressure not to start one.
“How essential the family has been to the building of this country. And how worthy it remains of our support and encouragement,” he said, receiving a standing ovation from a joint session of Congress.
“Yet I cannot hide my concern for the family, which is threatened, perhaps as never before, from within and without.”
The comments are sure to please Republican lawmakers, many of whom opposed a recent Supreme Court decision to legalize same-sex marriage.
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