Pope Francis on Sunday evening encouraged families to withstand the threat of ideological attacks on the institution of the family.
The pope encouraged parents to protect their children from such attacks and spoke of the need of a "moral and spiritual rebirth".
Francis also elaborated on the beauty and diversity of male and female characteristics saying “complementarity and reciprocity” within families are very important for the healthy growth of children who must not be afraid of differences and must witness the joy of conjugal love in order to grow and develop with confidence and security.
He also encouraged couples who separate never to forget their duties as parents.
“Do not speak ill of each other” the pope said: that’s how children learn how to be hypocritical and to take advantage of others.