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"The family has always been at the center of attention of my venerable predecessors, especially John Paul II," Benedict said before a packed congregation in St. Peter's Basilica. "He was convinced, and reiterated it many times, that a crisis within the family comes at the grave detriment of our civilization." In his homily, the pontiff referred to an address he gave in June on the role of the family, when he referred to marriage as a union between man and woman and condemned same-sex unions as anarchic "pseudo-matrimony." Benedict said Saturday he spoke that day "to underline the importance of the family founded on a marriage in the life of the church and of society."Technorati Tags: gay marriage, gay, lgbt, gay rights, pope, vatican, catholic