During the noisy and festive gathering with youth from Umbria, the Pope answered their questions on several topics. The first, from a young couple, asked about marriage. Pope Francis responded that the union between a man and woman is a vocation, like that of a priest.
It's based on love, he said, love for each other, and love for God. He lamented that today's society places greater emphasis on individual rights, over families. He recalls an experience he once had with a couple about to marry.
“You know that marriage is for a lifetime? 'Yes, we love each other, but we'll stay together as long as love lasts. When it's over, we go our separate ways.' That is selfishness,” the Pontiff said.
Pope Francis added that marriage is risky but he urged youth not to be afraid to take such an important step, and to trust to God will be at their side.
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