Vatican Cardinal Antonio Canizares recently emphasized that the “public testimony of Christian families is very important” for responding to the “ferocious” attacks on the institution.
Christians reaffirm the “unique and irreplaceable value of the family,” the cardinal said in his March 28 remarks. He spoke during the week of the family in the Spanish city of Cordoba.
The cardinal said that in the case of Spain, the lack of pro-family policies has put the country last among the nations of Europe with its low birth rate and increase in abortions.
He called for social measures to support and defend the family. The Church’s official teachings can help in this regard, he added.
Cardinal Canizares also encouraged spouses to overcome their problems with God’s help, remaining faithful to their vocation and participating frequently in the sacraments.
“The family is the Church’s pathway, and this pathway is inseparable from Christ.” For this reason, “A new evangelization to renew and revitalize the Christian family is urgent,” he concluded.