Pope Benedict greets a family during the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families at Milan’s Bresso Park June 3.

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Pope Benedict greets a family during the closing Mass for the World Meeting of Families at Milan’s Bresso Park June 3.

June 11, 2012

As tens of thousands of families from all over the world gathered for the World Meeting of Families, Pope Benedict urged them to use their Christian values and strengths to help bring peace, joy and solidarity to everyone in their lives.

“It is within a family that one experiences for the first time how the human person was not created to live closed up in himself, but in relationship with others,” the pope said.

The May 30-June 3 world meeting centred on the joy and celebration of families living their faith.