Catholic News Agency reports the Pope made this plea as he announced the forthcoming 41st World Day of Peace to be celebrated on New Years Day.
“The family is a divine institution that stands at the foundation of life of the human person as the prototype of every social order,” the Pope said.
“It enables its members in decisive ways to experience peace.
“The human community cannot do without the service provided by the family.”
The Holy Father reiterated the Church’s stance against homosexual marriage and abortion saying everything that weakens the family is an obstacle to peace.
“While some people live with the attitude that mankind lives alongside one another purely by chance, the Christian worldview is one in which society is progressing along a common path as men and women, and thus as brothers and sisters,” he said.
“Without the family, society is a mere aggregation of neighbours, not a community of brothers and sisters called to form one great family."
The Pope added the environment must also be protected as the Earth has been entrusted to all people to be protected and cultivated.
Whoever attacks the family undermines the peace of the world, says the Pope
(Catholic News Agency, 11/12/07)
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