In Rome on Sunday, Pope Francis presided over the marriage of 20 couples at Saint Peter's Basilica. In his remarks during the celebration, the Holy Father spoke beautifully about the meaning of marriage and family. From The National Catholic Register [emphasis added]:
Marriage, [the Pope said]... is about "man and woman walking together, wherein the husband helps his wife to become ever more a woman, and wherein the woman has the task of helping her husband to become ever more a man."
"Here we see the reciprocity of differences," he said.
"It is impossible to quantify the strength and depth of humanity contained in a family," he said, as demonstrated through the "mutual help, educational support, relationships developing as family members mature, the sharing of joys and difficulties."
"Families are the first place in which we are formed as persons and, at the same time, the ‘bricks’ for the building up of society."