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Albania: Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia” presented in Tirana today

Pope Francis’s post-Synod Apostolic Exhortation “Amoris laetitia, on love in the family” has been presented in St Paul’s Cathedral, in Tirana, this morning. All the bishops, priests, religious people and people working for the spreading of the document had been invited to the meeting. Guest speakers included the apostolic nuncio to Albania, monsignor Ramiro Moliner Inglés, the secretary of the Albanian Bishops Conference, monsignor George Anthony Frendo, and don Gjergj Meta, priest of St Lucy’s co-cathedral in Durres. The meeting was chaired by Albanian journalist Mira Tuci. “This Apostolic Exhortation – the nuncio pointed out – is a very important document”, because it sums up the synod’s work of the last two years. “And it is extremely meaningful – he added – that the text has been published in the Holy Year of Mercy. As a matter of fact, the Jubilee provides an excellent backdrop for reflecting on the families of all continents; first and foremost, those who may feel hurt, humiliated, those with a greater risk of breaking up or that have actually been destroyed”. The Pope’s document, mgr. Frendo said, “speaks above all of the beauty of marriage”. Of course, “Francis also deals with awkward situations and weaknesses”, but he does it “respectfully” and “without prejudice”. In the country, the bishop mentioned, “divorces are on the rise. In the document, Francis highlights the consequences of divorce on children and on people’s lives”. Mgr. Frendo also committed to “think of a pastoral service that includes divorced people as well”. “Amoris laetitia”, don Meta pointed out, “is a modern hymn to love. It is easy to understand”. The Pope’s words, Meta concluded, “are so tender, and tenderness in a delicate situation like the Albanian one, in which families often experience abuse within them, becomes an important key for understanding. The tenderness of a Church that walks side by side with families”.

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