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Don't let work conflict with family, Pope cautions audience

May 16, 2012

"Work should not be an obstacle to the family, but should rather sustain and unite it,” Pope Benedict XVI said at his general public audience on May 16.

As he ended his weekly audience the Pope acknowledged the UN observance of the International Day of Families. This year the UN has centered the observance on the ties between family and work.

The Pope said that work should serve the needs of the family, “helping it to be open to life and to enter into relationship with society and with the Church.” The proper relationship between work and family is lost if family life suffers because of excessive demands on the job, he said.

The Pontiff added that work should be respectful of God’s plan for mankind, including the observation of the Sabbath. He urged Christians to make Sunday, “the Lord’s day and a weekly Easter, be a day of rest and an occasion to strengthen family ties.”


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  • Posted by: Wolf of Gubbio - May. 16, 2012 6:10 PM ET USA

    Perhaps Christians should insist on Sunday as a day of rest. Trouble is, it's so easy to lose your job that way.