A Father, in his unique­ness as a man, is called by the God of life to occupy a foun­da­tional and nec­es­sary place in the con­struc­tion of soci­ety, in the gen­er­a­tion of the cul­ture and in the unfold­ing of his­tory. Pro­foundly moti­vated by the beau­ti­ful real­ity of love that has its source in Jesús Christ, the man feels him­self strongly invited to form a fam­ily. There, in the essen­tial dis­po­si­tion of reci­procity and com­ple­men­tar­ity, lives and val­ues for the full­ness of life, the active and irre­place­able rich­ness of the con­tri­bu­tion of the woman, who per­mits him to rec­og­nize more clearly his own iden­tity. (adapted from para­graph 459 of the Doc­u­ment Final of Apare­cida, May 2007)

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