He gave some practical advice, such as keeping the Lord at the center of their lives through prayer and the sacraments, and stressed that the Church is not a business, but a mystery intended to serve others.
“The Christian announcement that concerns the family is truly good news,” the final statement said.
Pope Francis told journalists on board his June 6 flight from Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina, to Rome that an announcement on the apparent Marian apparitions in Medjugorje could be near.
Pope Francis met with leaders of the prominent religions represented in Bosnia and Herzegovina during his day trip to its capital.
Francis and Bartholomew I signed a statement following the celebration of the Divine Liturgy in Istanbul’s Orthodox Cathedral of St. Gregory on Nov. 30, in honor of the feast of St. Andrew, patron and founder of the Orthodox Churches.
During the first day of his Nov. 28-30 apostolic voyage to Turkey, Pope Francis addressed Turkish dignitaries, met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and visited the well-known Ataturk Mausoleum.
The Holy Father called abortion and euthanasia ‘sins against God’ during a Nov. 15 address to the Italian Catholic Doctors’ Association on the occasion of their 70th anniversary.
Nov. 9 Angelus address in St. Peter’s Square