07 August 2018
Pope Francis

The Family: The Treasure of Humanity

A video message with the Pope's prayer intention for the month of August

“Life today can endanger the family, so concrete measures are needed to help it to grow.”

This is the heart of Pope Francis’ message in the video with the prayer intention for the month of August. The Pope speaks of the family as a treasure that must be protected against today’s perils: “When speaking about families, the image of a treasure often comes to my mind, endangered today by the pace of life, stress, the pressure of work, and even the lack of attention on the part of the institutions.”

“We need to promote concrete measures—says the Pope—and develop the role of families in society with an adequate family policy.” Francis concludes with the wish for “great economic and political choices protect families as a treasure of humanity.”