Pope Francis Speaks to Families: Words of Joy and Life. Since his election, Pope Francis has expressed his concern for the urgent pastoral needs of families. In this collection, the Holy Father speaks to families personally, offering his distinctive combination of love and pastoral wisdom. Pope Francis Speaks to Families includes words to families in general as well as advoce directed specifically to married and engaged couples. mothers, fathers, and children. These excerpts from Pope Francis public addresses will hearten and enlighten you, whatever your role in the greater family of the Church. This is a joyful book, easy to dip into or read straight through.