Pope Francisco He praised parenthood and adoption during Wednesday’s general audience at the Vatican and regretted that pets sometimes take the place of children. “Today we see a form of selfishness. We see that some do not want to have children. Sometimes they have one, and that’s it, but instead they have dogs and cats that occupy that place”, Stressed the pope during the first general audience of the year in the Paul VI room.
The pontiff also exhorted the institutions to facilitate the adoption processes, so that the dream of children who need a family and of couples who want to host them come true. “The denial of fatherhood and motherhood diminishes us, takes away humanity, civilization becomes older“, He said.
The pope again criticized the call “demographic winter” and the “dramatic drop in birth rates”Which is registered in many western countries and urged to have children or adopt them. “Having a child is always a risk, be it natural or adopted. But it is more risky not to have it. More risky is denying paternity, denying motherhood, be it real or spiritual”, Stressed the pontiff.
The Pope assured that, at a time when pets “occupy the place of the children”, Adoption“is among the highest forms of love”And urged the authorities to ease the procedures for this way of accessing paternity and maternity.
“I hope that the institutions are always ready to help, watching seriously but also simplifying the necessary procedure so that the dream of so many little ones who need a family and of so many spouses who want to donate in love can be fulfilled.“, He said Francisco.
Before the dozens of people gathered in the Paul VI Hall of the Vatican To hear him during the Wednesday general audience, which today featured a surprising circus number, the pontiff reflected on the figure of Saint Joseph and parenthood. “I ask Saint Joseph to move consciences to have children” What are they “the fullness of a person’s life“, He said before assuring that”Having a child is always a risk, but not having one is even more so“And that our civilization today”she’s a bit of an orphan“, a feeling “that hurts us a lot”.
In that sense, he referred to adoption, whose “link is not secondary” but “this type of choice is among the highest forms of love and parenthood. How many children in the world are waiting for someone to take care of them! And how many spouses want to be fathers and mothers”.
“One must not be afraid of choosing the path of adoption, of taking the ‘risk’ of foster care. I hope that the institutions are always ready to help in this regard, watching seriously but also simplifying the necessary procedure so that the dream of so many little ones who need a family can be fulfilled, and of so many spouses who wish to donate themselves in love.”He asked.
At the end of the hearing, a group of members of the Ronny Roller circus, which is currently in Rome, performed in front of the pontiff with a number that included juggling, gymnastic exercises and music that raised the applause and some cheers from the faithful present.
(With information from AFP and EFE) .-