Vatican City, Oct 26, 2013 / 14:31 pm
Pope Francis met with families from around the world today in a celebration of the joy of family life, telling them that the sacraments provide real grace to aid in the challenges everyone faces.
"The sacraments don't just decorate life!" exclaimed the Pope to the crowds filling St. Peter's Square on Oct. 26. "They are to give us strength of life!"
The event was held during the Year of Faith in order for families from around the world to celebrate with the Pope. He entered the square on Saturday evening surrounded by children holding brightly colored balloons. Music played as different acrobats and artists performed.
As the evening progressed, many children, couples, and grandparents spoke to Pope Francis about their questions and concerns regarding marriage and family life.