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Friday, June 6, 2014

Marriage requires love that imitates Christ, Pope says

Vatican City, Jun 2, 2014 / 01:57 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- In his June 2 homily, Pope Francis addressed married couples in the Vatican, pointing to fidelity, perseverance, and fruitfulness as the three characteristics of authentic Christian love.

Using the fidelity of Christ to sinners as the ultimate example, Pope Francis commented: “It is a faithful love. It is a persevering love. He never tires of loving his Church.”

Although Christ’s bride is “beautiful, holy, a sinner, He loves her all the same,” the Pope said, according to Vatican Radio. The Holy Father encouraged married couples to mirror the Lord, saying that Christ’s “faithfulness is like a light on marriage.”

Pope Francis went on to note the importance of perseverance as the driving force against the inevitable difficulties and struggles that all married couples encounter.

“Married life must be persevering, because otherwise love cannot go forward,” he said. (...)

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