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What saves us from loneliness? Family! Pope Francis says

Oct 7, 2015 - 04:34 am .- Family rescues us from indifference and loneliness and teaches us the essentials of life, Pope Francis said – adding that as the family of God, the Church has the same role and must evaluate how to live this out.

Pope Francis asks for prayers ahead of synod discussion

Oct 4, 2015 - 04:51 am .- In his Sunday Angelus address Pope Francis stressed the role of spouses in generating children, and asked for prayers ahead of the synod discussions beginning tomorrow.

God's dream for creation? The union of a man and woman, Pope says

Oct 4, 2015 - 03:18 am .- Pope Francis formally opened the synod of bishops Sunday, telling participants that the union between a man and woman is the foundation of God’s plan for the family, and a solution to the many forms of loneliness in today’s world.

Cardinal O'Malley to families: Want to evangelize? You'd better have these two qualities

Sep 25, 2015 - 07:18 pm .- As thousands of Catholics descended upon Philadelphia to hear talks about family and faith, Boston Cardinal Sean O'Malley had a message for them: Don’t be a party pooper.

Pope blesses unborn children around the world while meeting with Cuban families

Sep 22, 2015 - 09:15 am .- Pope Francis met with families on Tuesday at Our Lady of the Assumption Cathedral in Santiago de Cuba, thanking those gathered for their warm witness and inclusive nature, reflecting that it is at home, in the family, that Christ shows the love of God.

How marriage prep is failing Catholics, and what we can do about it

Sep 18, 2015 - 04:02 am .- The Church needs to seriously consider changing the way it approaches marriage preparation say John and Claire Grabowski, a couple who serve on the Pontifical Council for the Family.

Alliance between families and God can change the world, Pope Francis says

Sep 2, 2015 - 11:31 am .- Encouraging families to hear God's word and to put it into practice, Pope Francis said Wednesday that the family, by being allied with God, is called to counteract the “desertification” found in today's cities.

'Africa will save the family' – one cardinal's prediction on the Church's future

Sep 1, 2015 - 06:15 am .- The African cardinal who heads the Vatican’s Congregation for Divine Worship has high hopes for the Church on his continent – he believes that it can bring about the renewal of the family across the globe.

Seminar speakers advocate change on Communion for the divorced-and-remarried

Aug 28, 2015 - 04:20 pm .- Earlier this year the Pontifical Council for the Family organized three seminars which gathered scholars to discuss marriage and family life in the run-up to the Synod on the Family being held in October.

Pope Francis: Sundays are a gift from God – don't ruin it

Aug 12, 2015 - 05:20 am .- Moments of rest and celebration were the focal point of Francis’ Wednesday general audience, during which he spoke out against a profit-centered mentality and encouraged families to live life at a more human pace.

Is the Pope a socialist?

Jul 22, 2015 - 03:31 am .- Pope Francis’ recent trip to Latin America has rekindled questions about whether he endorses socialism, or even communism.

Pope to families: If you hide your problems, they'll only get worse

Jun 24, 2015 - 06:47 am .- Family wounds that aren’t dealt with in a healthy and timely manner can have devastating effects on both spouses and children, Pope Francis has said, and encouraged wounded families to work toward healing without letting bitterness build up.

Married couples to Catholic Church: Give us clear, positive teaching on marriage

Jun 14, 2015 - 04:34 pm .- Alice Heinzen was with her dad and siblings on a ski trip when she froze on top of what looked like a treacherous mountain path. Her dad was waiting at the bottom, and so were her other siblings – who had all fallen down along the way.

When you care for a sick family member, you are a 'hidden hero,' Pope says

Jun 10, 2015 - 10:13 am .- During his weekly general audience, Pope Francis lauded families for the “hidden heroism” of caring for a sick loved one.

African, European bishops' meeting promotes an authentic 'joy of the family'

Jun 5, 2015 - 04:01 am .- A group of bishops from across Africa and Europe met last weekend pledging to redouble their efforts in favor of families, and examining challenges of the 2014 Synod on the Family as well as prospects for the 2015 synod.

Christian marriage – it's 'demanding but magnificent,' Pope says

May 13, 2015 - 01:28 pm .- In his audience closing out the Togolese bishops’ ad Limina visit to Rome, Pope Francis on Monday encouraged solid faith formation for the young, especially those preparing for marriage.

Pope Francis: Spare no effort in defending life, family

May 12, 2015 - 03:26 am .- In his meeting on Saturday with the bishops from Mozambique, a southeast African nation, Pope Francis urged support for public policies that promote the family and protect human life.

Want to help families? Evangelize them, Pope says

May 4, 2015 - 04:07 pm .- Speaking to the bishops from the Republic of the Congo on Monday, Pope Francis encouraged them in their ministry to families, urging the need for evangelization of peoples and cultures alongside inculturation.

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

May 2, 2015 - 05:44 pm .- The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world over in preparation for October's Synod on the Family. The results from Germany indicate that most Catholics there hope for an openness to divorce and remarriage, as well as homosexual acts.

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