197. This larger family should provide love and support to teenage mothers, children without parents, single mothers left to raise children, persons with disabilities needing particular affection and closeness, young people struggling with addiction, the unmarried, separated or widowed who are alone, and the elderly and inform who lack the support of their children. It should also embrace "even those who have made shipwreck of their lives".224 This wider family can help make up for the shortcomings of parents, detect and report possible situations in which children suffer violence and even abuse, and provide wholesome love and family stability in cases when parents prove incapable of this.
224 Catechesis (7 October 2015): L'Osservatore Romano, 8 October 2015), p.8.
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