'Children are never a mistake'
"How beautiful such a society would be" that bases itself on the principle that "no sacrifice on the part of adults would be considered too costly or too great, anything so as to avoid that a child thinks they are a mistake, that they have no value and that they are abandoned to the wounds of life and to the arrogance of men." Children are the greatest blessing God has bestowed upon men and women, yet, many children are "rejected, abandoned, robbed of their childhood and of their future." It is "shameful" when people say it is "a mistake" to bring a child into the world. "Children are never a mistake.'" The hunger, poverty, fragility and ignorance of some children "are not mistakes" but "only reasons for us to love them even more, with more generosity."
— Pope Francis embraces a man at the end of his weekly audience in St. Peter's Square on April 8.
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