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What to do about Halloween? Catholic moms – and an exorcist – weigh in

Oct 21, 2016 - 03:01 am .- For years, Cecilia Cunningham and her husband took their children trick-or-treating in their then-suburban Philadelphia neighborhood.

Mexicans flood the capital to defend marriage – with Pope Francis' blessing

Sep 26, 2016 - 02:15 pm .- Some 400,000 people filled the streets of Mexico City on Saturday to protest the Mexican government’s attempt to redefine marriage as anything but a union between one man and one woman.

Vatican wades into sex education for young people

Aug 24, 2016 - 05:09 am .- The Vatican recently rolled out a new sex education course designed to help parents and educators talk to teens about sex and counter messages on social media.  

Fatima visionary predicted 'final battle' would be over marriage, family

Jul 8, 2016 - 03:33 am .- Sister Lucia dos Santos, one of the three children who witnessed the Marian apparitions at Fatima, died in 2005. But before her death, she predicted that the final battle between Christ and Satan would be over marriage and the family.  

A follow-up from Robert Spaemann on Amoris Laetitia

Jun 20, 2016 - 10:00 am .- In April, Robert Spaemann, emeritus professor of philosophy at the University of Munich, attracted significant attention for an interview with Anian Christoph Wimmer, editor of CNA's German-language edition.

The sacrifice of Chiara Corbella: 'Yes, Enrico, the Cross is very sweet'

Jun 14, 2016 - 03:13 am .- In a testimony at the Vatican’s Jubilee for the sick and disabled, the husband of the late Chiara Corbella Petrillo – who died after rejecting medical treatment in order to save her unborn child – spoke about his wife's joyful faith in the face of terminal illness.

Pope approves new Vatican department for the Laity, Family, and Life

Jun 4, 2016 - 11:43 am .- Pope Francis has approved the institution of a new Vatican department dedicated to the family, the laity, and life.

Archbishop Chaput clarifies 'Amoris Laetitia' committee

Jun 1, 2016 - 05:20 pm .- Archbishop Charles Chaput of Philadelphia described as “misleading” an article claiming that his leadership of a working group on the Pope’s most recent document “sends a signal” regarding U.S. policy on Communion.

Here's what the next World Meeting of Families will focus on

May 25, 2016 - 12:11 pm .- “The Gospel of family, joy for the world.” This is the theme for the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Ireland, and it is meant to emphasize the family's role as a stabilizing force in society, said the local archbishop.

Integration requires conversion: reflections on Amoris laetitia

Apr 9, 2016 - 06:57 am .- Reflecting on Pope Francis' apostolic exhortation on love in the family, two professors at the John Paul II Institute have emphasized the close ties between integration and conversion, as well as the importance of the Church's established teaching.

Interpreting Amoris Laetitia 'through the lens of Catholic tradition'

Apr 8, 2016 - 11:00 am .- While some passages in Pope Francis’ new document may be unclear and open to multiple interpretations, the correct view is that which aligns with the tradition and teaching of the Church, said a synod consultor and leading expert on Catholic family studies.  

Pope Francis: Children are always gifts, even in tough circumstances

Apr 8, 2016 - 04:05 am .- Pope Francis’ latest writings on the family include a strong affirmation of the need to welcome children even in difficult circumstances.

No doctrine change from Pope Francis – but a call for better pastoral care

Apr 8, 2016 - 04:00 am .- Catholics who have divorced-and-remarried need the fullness of Church teaching. They also need a wise pastoral and community response to their difficulties that can help them grow in the Christian life, Pope Francis said on Friday in his new document on love in the family.  

More than 25,000 march for life and family in Ecuador

Mar 30, 2016 - 12:31 am .- Under the theme “Love in motion,” more than 25,000 people participated in the ninth annual the Day of the Unborn Child Walk in several cities in Ecuador.

Pope stresses balance of work, family in new interview with Chinese paper

Feb 2, 2016 - 05:59 am .- As the Chinese New Year approaches, Pope Francis has granted an interview to Hong Kong’s Asia Times in which he touches on an array of topics including the country’s rapid rise to power and a realistic balance of work and family life.

Pope Francis to families: forgive each other and journey together towards God

Dec 27, 2015 - 10:03 am .- Pope Francis on the Feast of the Holy Family reflected on the power of forgiveness in families and compared everyday family life to an ongoing pilgrimage of prayer and love.

Pope to Kenyan families: 'radiate God’s love'

Nov 26, 2015 - 12:48 am .- Pope Francis Thursday praised Kenya’s traditional family values, particularly their respect for children and the elderly. He also made an appeal for the youth to use these values as a guide to ending discrimination and injustice in the future.

Archbishop Kurtz on the best thing to come out of the synod

Nov 16, 2015 - 01:47 pm .- Families helping families – this may have been one of the greatest “fruits” to come from the Synod on the Family, said the president of the U.S. Bishops Conference Monday.

Eat with your family, not with your smartphone, Pope says

Nov 11, 2015 - 05:57 am .- For Pope Francis the dinner table is a key place to strengthen family bonds and foster a sense of “togetherness,” which he said can often be thwarted by an excess attachment to technology.

Forgiveness in family has power to rebuild society, Pope says

Nov 4, 2015 - 09:20 am .- Delivering his Wednesday general audience address a little more than a week after the close of the Synod on the Family, Pope Francis spoke on the role of forgiveness in helping families become a force for the betterment of society.

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