Homily of Most Rev. Vincenzo Paglia ( President of the Pontifical Council of the Family ) :
I greet you all, people of Lagos and I bring you the good wishes and fraternal blessing of His Holiness, Pope Francis. We are gathered here this afternoon because of love and to receive the gift of love from God.
The community of the faithful is the first family of God and we are part of that family. we are called to love and defend every family in the Church.
We the Church in Lagos are called to transform our society; to transform injustice and violence into love; conflict into peace; our houses into homes where people know how to live, how to love, how to pray and how to serve others. We must also transform our places of work into altars of love, and indeed transform the city of Lagos.
The Pope in the Apostolic Exhortation, "Amoris Laititia", gives us a great gift. The gift of love. We must be people of love and this must be reflected in all aspect of our lives.
May the Love of God push us all to serve God in truth and in solidarity with our Neighbour, assuring you of my spiritual solicitude and prayers, I commend you to the hand of God.
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