“The family is a school of humanity and faith, the first gym of human and Christian virtues, where we learn to love and be loved, and to have confidence in ourselves, in others, in life”, said Card. Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genoa and President of the Council of European Bishops’ Conferences (CCEE), yesterday. The Cardinal presided over a Mass in the Basilica of the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona attended by the 275 participants in the European Symposium on young people that is ending today. In the family – the Cardinal said – “we learn to be free, to support one another, to be masters of ourselves. We learn to be responsible; we feel that we can rely on others and that others rely on us. We learn the beauty of bonds and the limitations which save us from arrogance and pride and open us to others to ask for and offer listening, a word, a loving service”. Card. Bagnasco went on to ask: “Do I love my family? Am I pleased with the gift I have received?”. And also: “Do I play an active role or am I an indifferent spectator? The family who prays together will never fall into despair and will always find ways to overcome trials: do I pray with my parents?”. “God – the CCEE President concluded – has chosen us and has called us by name; our name is written on the palm of His hand. It is precisely in the fact that we have been known since the beginning that lies our inviolable dignity, our unique value, the beauty of our life regardless of the situation we find ourselves in”.