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The Pope, in the "Chinese" interview, evokes the challenges of the transformation of the family's model

"Looking at this past—and perhaps the fact of not having children creates a complex—it is healthy to take responsibility for one’s own path. Do not be bitter, but be at peace with your own path, even if you have made mistakes." This is the answer given by Pope Francis, in an interview with Francesco Sisci for Asia Times, when asked about the challenges of families in China, in the light of changes that the traditional model is undergoing.
"The history of a people is always a path. A people at times—he continued—walks more quickly, at times more slowly, at times it pauses, at times it makes a mistake and goes backwards a little, or takes the wrong path and has to retrace its steps to follow the right way. But when a people moves forward, this does not worry me because it means they are making history. And I believe that the Chinese people are moving forward and this is their greatness. It walks, like all populations, through lights and shadows." Here, something, the Pope said, "did not work at all, so now other possibilities are opened up. Other issues come into play: the selfishness of some of the wealthy sectors who prefer not to have children, and so forth."
All, however, "have to take responsibility for their own path. […] And this reconciliation with one’s own history brings much maturity, much growth. […] to accept that this was my path, to smile, and to keep going. If one gets tired and stops, one can become bitter and corrupt. And so, when one takes responsibility for one’s own path, accepting it for what it was, this allows one’s historical and cultural richness to emerge, even in difficult moments. And how can it be allowed to emerge? Here we return to the first question: in dialogue with today’s world. To dialogue does not mean that I surrender myself, because at times there is the danger, in the dialogue between different countries, of hidden agendas, namely, cultural colonizations. It is necessary to recognize the greatness of the Chinese people, who have always maintained their culture. And their culture—I am not speaking about ideologies that there may have been in the past—their culture was not imposed."
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