On today's Feast of the Holy Family, the Holy Father specifically addressed those attending today's Celebration for the Christian Family in Madrid, as his words at the midday Angelus were broadcast live to those attending the pro-family, pro-life demonstration. Photographs of today's events in Madrid, as well as articles and the homily by the Cardinal Archbishop of Madrid (in Spanish) can be found on the event website. Thousands of people attended, filling the surrounding streets.
The Pope spoke about the importance of the family in the documents of Vatican II and in the thinking of Pope John Paul II. About half of his address was delivered in Spanish. In an apparent reference to the Spanish government's recent recognition of homosexual unions and elimination of religious instruction from the public schools, he said (Asia News translation):
"Thus, parents have the right and the fundamental obligation to raise their children in the faith and values which give dignity to human life. It is worthwhile working for the family and marriage because it is worthwhile working for the human being, God's most precious creature."