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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.

Researcher: Study after study finding kids do best with married parents

Oct 29, 2015 - 06:51 am .- Three new pieces of scholarship released in recent weeks suggest that children do best with married parents and are more likely to face a host of challenges in other situations.

New policy forces Missionaries of Charity to end adoption services in India

Oct 15, 2015 - 12:26 am .- Orphanages in India run by the Missionaries of Charity have decided to close their doors in light of new adoption guidelines that the sisters say violate natural law and their religious views.

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.

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