Children have a special place in the family, for their dignity is to be embraced and developed. The smaller the child, the more this is the case. The Church shares this concern, for Christ himself said: "Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them; for to such belongs the Kingdom of heaven."
Children are the hope of our lives and our societies. The imparting of values, duties and aspirations by parents is the heart of any society. Concern for a child, even before birth, is the test of all human relationships.
The way that Christians care for children should be distinctive, allowing children to contribute to building up of their family and to the sanctification of their parents.