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Most people still see marriage, family as ideals for life, Vatican official notes

February 04, 2013

Although the family “seems to take a beating from the counter-culture,” the vast majority of people still recognize marriage and family as the ideal way of life, observed the president of the Pontifical Council for the Family at a February 4 press conference.

Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, said that “the need for family is inscribed on the human heart.” Despite the rising number of households headed by unmarried individuals, he reported, surveys should that most people continue to think of a stable marriage as their goal. “The statistics are unanimous,” he said, “in pointing out that the family is the first place of safety, refuge, and support for life and remains at the top of the vast majority of young person's wishes.”

The archbishop was speaking at a press conference called to comment on results of the 7th World Meeting of Families, which was held in Milan last May.


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