(CNSNews.com) – Pope Francis said married couples and their children, the family, constitute the “domestic church where Jesus grows” through love, and that this love is what the Devil wants to “destroy” and this explains why “the Devil attacks the family so much.”
"[T]he Devil wants to destroy" the family, he said.
Pope Francis made his remarks on Sunday, June 1, at a charismatic renewal gathering at Rome’s Olympic Stadium, attended by an estimated 52,000 people.
“Married couples are sinners just like everyone else, but they want to continue with love, in all its fecundity. They continue in the faith, bearing children,” said the Pope, as translated by Vatican Insider.
“Let us pray to the Lord and ask Him to protect the family in the crisis with which the Devil wants to destroy it,” said the Pope. “Families are the domestic church where Jesus grows in the love of a married couple, in the lives of their children.”
“This is why the Devil attacks the family so much,” he said. “The Devil doesn’t want it and tries to destroy it. The Devil tries to make love disappear from there.”
In recent weeks, several major news outlets have reported on how regularly Pope Francis speaks of the Devil, or Satan. The Washington Post reported on May 10, “Francis’s teachings on Satan are already regarded as the most old school of any Pope since at least Paul VI, whose papacy in the 1960s and 1970s fully embraced the notion of hellish forces plotting to deliver mankind unto damnation.”
“Largely under the radar, theologians and Vatican insiders say, Francis has not only dwelled far more on Satan in sermons and speeches than his recent predecessors have, but also sought to rekindle the Devil’s image as a supernatural entity with the forces of evil at his beck and call,” said The Post.
In his book, On Heaven and Earth, Pope Francis explained that he believes the Church’s constant teaching that the Devil is a distinct entity, a fallen angel. I believe that the Devil exists,” said the Pope. “Maybe his greatest achievement in these times has been to make us believe that he does not exist, and that all can be fixed on a purely human level.”
Sunday’s event at the stadium was the 37th National Convocation of the “Renewal of the Spirit.” People from 55 countries attended, and the gathering included charismatic worship and praise and numerous speakers.