The cardinal said divorce, cohabitation and same-sex marriage hurt children and make it harder to discover God’s love

Speaking at the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC, Cardinal Sarah, head of the Vatican’s liturgy commission, said that the world was “increasingly cut off from God through ideological colonialism”.

In a wide-ranging speech, covering religious persecution, the neglect of the elderly, “our closing our eyes and hearts to the poor and vulnerable”, and American politics, the Guinean cardinal focused on the threat to the family.

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