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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.

Getting married? Want to stay married? These Catholics can help

Apr 16, 2015 - 03:51 pm .- With Christian marriages facing obstacles from pornography and infidelity to self-centeredness and divorce, what are faithful Catholics to do?

An 11,000-mile pilgrimage to see Pope Francis in Philadelphia

Mar 20, 2015 - 04:11 am .- How far would you travel to see the Pope? For one family in Argentina, seven months and 11,000 miles is a small price to pay for the chance to celebrate the World Meeting of Families with Pope Francis in September.

Want a happy marriage? Save sex for 'I do,' new study finds

Mar 19, 2015 - 04:06 am .- We've all heard the popular American rhyme about relationships: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a baby carriage.

Children of gay and lesbian parents write letter of support to Dolce, Gabbana

Mar 19, 2015 - 12:08 am .- The designers behind luxury Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana triggered a barrage of controversy after expressing support for traditional marriage and families last weekend in an interview with the Italian magazine Panorama.

'Family is not a fad': Dolce & Gabbana spark firestorm in backing traditional marriage

Mar 16, 2015 - 07:11 am .- Creators of the luxury Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana sparked global controversy over the weekend after coming out in defense of marriage, saying that children have the right to a mother and a father.

Prepping for media ahead of World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Mar 8, 2015 - 06:06 am .- Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s visit the United Kingdom in 2010 was supposed to be a disaster. Several people were calling for his arrest upon arrival. No one was expected to show up for his audiences, except maybe a few protestors.

Seven challenges for the Mexican Church and the family

Mar 4, 2015 - 02:03 am .- On the Day of the Family, celebrated in Mexico March 1, Cardinal Norberto Rivera laid out seven challenges the Church must face to help the family authentically be what every person truly needs.  

The best thing parents can give their children? Wisdom, Pope says

Feb 4, 2015 - 12:02 pm .- In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the role of parents is to teach their children with patience, gentleness, firmness and encouragement.

Ghana priests shift focus to marriage prep, youth formation

Jan 30, 2015 - 02:21 am .- A national gathering of hundreds of priests in Ghana have resolved to become more involved with their parishioners through marriage preparation, family counseling, and educational youth formation.

Fostering close ties: what family life teaches us about communication

Jan 23, 2015 - 04:00 am .- Pope Francis chose the family as his theme for this year’s World Communications Day, saying that as the first place we learn to communicate, families teach us to go out of ourselves and encounter others.

Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

Jan 21, 2015 - 11:18 am .- Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems which create a culture of waste are to blame.

Protect the family – Pope's parting message to the Philippines

Jan 18, 2015 - 01:11 am .- In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s children, calling for the protection of the family against the numerous attacks that threaten it.

'No human invention' – Marriage a divine plan, bishop says

Jan 5, 2015 - 01:28 pm .- Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis' call for renewed commitment to the “Gospel of the Family” by releasing a pastoral letter on the special vocation and mission of the family.

Conference to consider the human element in Catholic family life

Jan 2, 2015 - 01:42 pm .- Catholic marriage preparation and pastoral care of the family in light of human nature will be the topic of an upcoming Rome conference that takes inspiration from the Extraordinary Synod on the Family.

Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Dec 8, 2014 - 04:23 pm .- Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while considering difficult topics like marriage preparation and the treatment of divorced and remarried Catholics.  

Archbishop Kurtz: Want to strengthen families? Witness 'truths of the faith'

Nov 10, 2014 - 02:10 pm .- In responding to crises faced by modern families, the Church must work to restore hope and confidence that the call of the Gospel can be lived out, the head of the U.S. bishops’ conference said.  

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