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Synod on family can help renew marriage, English bishop says

Oct 17, 2013 - 04:07 pm .- Next year’s synod on the family and evangelization is a chance to renew family life and the Catholic vision of marriage, Bishop Philip Egan of Portsmouth, England has said.  

Thank your family, Pope Francis says

Oct 13, 2013 - 01:48 pm .- Pope Francis on Sunday preached about the importance of gratitude and thankfulness for the Christian community and for family life.

Next bishops' synod to explore pastoral care of family

Oct 8, 2013 - 10:55 am .- The Holy See press office has announced the date and theme of the upcoming Synod of Bishops, which is slated to occur next fall and will address the pastoral approach to family issues.

Seminar at UN to push for pro-life, pro-family development efforts

Sep 18, 2013 - 03:58 pm .- A U.S. religious liberty group and a Mexican development organization are holding a seminar at the United Nations to advocate the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals in a way that respects human life and the family.

Winning pro-life contest photos will be shown to Pope

Aug 5, 2013 - 02:30 pm .- The winning photos of the contest “Life…in HD,” which is being organized by the Pontifical Council for the Family, will be projected for Pope Francis this October in Rome.

Vatican rep at UN stresses family's role in development

Jun 21, 2013 - 05:00 pm .- Family, education and work are central to economic development, the Vatican's representative to the United Nations told an assembly preparing sustainable development goals.

Vatican diplomat: anti-drug policies should focus on family

Jun 13, 2013 - 04:21 pm .- Policies to fight drug abuse should reflect the dignity of the human person and build up the family as vital for both prevention and treatment efforts, said a representative of the Holy See.

Western culture 'lost God' through demise of family

May 24, 2013 - 02:03 am .- Scholar Mary Eberstadt says most theories of secularization do not take into account the role of the family in religious practice, noting how its demise is critically linked to an increasingly secular West.

Marriage is critical for cultural evangelization, bishop stresses

May 10, 2013 - 05:08 pm .- The love of a married couple offers a crucial witness needed for evangelization in the modern world, said Bishop Michael J. Sheridan of Colorado Springs in a recent Washington, D.C., talk.

Vatican unveils plans for International Family Center in Nazareth

Apr 16, 2013 - 10:54 am .- The Vatican is moving ahead with plans to build the International Family Center in Nazareth, a complex that will include a church, meeting spaces, a hotel for visitors and play areas for children, all as part of an effort to build up the family in the Holy Land.

Pediatricians group accused of ignoring data in endorsing 'gay marriage'

Mar 23, 2013 - 04:08 pm .- The American Academy of Pediatrics’ recent support of “gay marriage” is drawing criticism from those who argue that it disregards evidence about the well-being of children of same-sex couples.

Vatican sets dates for 2015 World Meeting of Families

Feb 25, 2013 - 09:10 am .- The Holy See has announced the dates for the eighth World Meeting of Families, officially confirming that the event will be held in Philadelphia Sept. 22-27, 2015. 

Young amputee's sports success brings joy to family

Feb 22, 2013 - 04:03 am .- The story of an Indiana teen who continues to make local sports headlines despite having prosthetic legs has highlighted the Catholic faith and pro-life devotion of his parents.

Over 100,000 march to defend marriage in Puerto Rico

Feb 21, 2013 - 04:10 pm .- More than 100,000 people gathered outside the Puerto Rican capitol in San Juan on Feb. 18 to support the defense of marriage and family against proposed legislation on gay unions.

State of the Union speeches recognize role of family

Feb 13, 2013 - 12:02 pm .- The importance of strong families for the well-being of society was discussed by leaders of both political parties as President Barack Obama delivered his 2013 State of the Union address.

Vatican official rejects claims that he endorsed same-sex unions

Feb 7, 2013 - 12:01 pm .- Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia, president of the Pontifical Council for the Family, denounced media assertions that his recent comments show Vatican support for homosexual unions.  

Sexual difference critical to understanding marriage, authors say

Jan 10, 2013 - 02:13 am .- Defending the sexual complementarity between men and women in marriage is an essential first step in building up a healthy “culture of marriage” as a whole, say the authors of a new book.

Socialist politician says Spanish bishop should be 'muzzled'

Jan 7, 2013 - 12:09 pm .- A socialist government official in Andalusia, Spain, called for a local Catholic bishop to be “muzzled” for arguing that men and women are both different and complementary.

Divorced should be embraced with kindness, priest underscores

Nov 14, 2012 - 04:06 pm .- An Italian priest who serves as a spiritual director for dozens of divorced Catholics in Rome said that the Church needs to lovingly embrace its members who have suffered from separation.

Role of faith, family emphasized at Republican convention

Sep 1, 2012 - 07:06 am .- Prominent members of the Republican Party highlighted faith and family values as being intrinsic to America’s identity as a nation at the party’s 2012 national convention.

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