Vatican City, May 24, 2019 / 09:39 am
Adoption is often a difficult and bureaucratic process, but there are many children who need homes and the Church should step up to help them, Pope Francis said Friday.
Speaking May 24 to employees and patients of an Italian hospital for abandoned children, he said, "so many times there are people who want to adopt children, but there is such enormous bureaucracy," such as high fees or, at worst, corruption.
"[There are] many, many families who do not have children and would certainly have the desire to have one with adoption," he continued. "Go forward, to create a culture of adoption, because there are so many abandoned children, alone, victims of war and so on."
Pope Francis spoke about adoption in unprepared remarks during a Vatican meeting with 70 employees and children from the 600-year-old Hospital of the Innocents in Florence.