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Pope praises group helping married couples overcome crisis

On the morning of November 6, 2021, Pope Francis met with members of the Retrouvaille association.  The Pope expressed his gratitude for their commitment and encouraged them to persevere in this important outreach.

Crisis and opportunity

In his address to the members present, Pope Francis began by focusing on the word “crisis”, but also the word “opportunity”, since every crisis offers an opportunity. He stressed that we should not be scared of a crisis, since we can learn and grow from it, especially to avoid ending up in conflicts that can lead to closing our hearts. A crisis in our life is not comfortable, he admitted, but it is possible to come out of it hopefully better, especially with the helping hand of others. 

From ‘wounds’ to healing

He also mentioned the “wounds” produced by crisis situations, as Retrouvaille is familiar with since they help wounded marital relationships move towards healing. And this is their gift, the Pope noted: being able to share their own experiences as couples who were once hurting and have overcome their own crises in order to be of service to other couples that find themselves in difficulty today.

The Holy See

Click Here to view a PDF copy of the address of His Holiness Pope Francis to the members of the “Retrouvaille” Association

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