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Hundreds of thousands hear pope praise families in Ecuador

Hundreds of thousands hear pope praise families in Ecuador

Pope Francis received a hero's welcome in Ecuador's biggest city Monday as he celebrated the first public Mass of his South American tour, telling hundreds of thousands of faithful their families are the bedrock of society but need to be supported better and strengthened. In his homily, Francis praised families as the nucleus of society, calling them "the nearest hospital, the first school for the young, the best home for the elderly." He said miracles are performed every day inside a family out of love, but sometimes the love and happiness run out. "How many women, sad and lonely, wonder when love left, when it slipped away from their lives?" he asked....

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