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Protect the family โ€“ 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' โ€“ 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.  

Where does every vocation start? The family, Pope Francis says

Nov 8, 2014 - 12:06 pm .- In a meeting with members of the Italian Adult Catholic Scouting Movement, Pope Francis stressed the “educative mission” of the family, noting how every vocation is rooted in this fundamental relationship.

Pope commends Malawians' pledge to family despite obstacles

Nov 7, 2014 - 01:22 pm .- Addressing the bishops from the southeast African nation of Malawi on Thursday, Pope Francis noted his gratitude to their people for their commitment to family and solidarity.  

How one cardinal proposes to correct ignorance of marriage's nature

Oct 30, 2014 - 03:50 pm .- According to the Archbishop of Washington, the recent Synod on the Family worked to address the challenge that many young people today don’t fully understand the nature of marriage.

Archbishop Aquila: Media missed message of joy at synod

Oct 30, 2014 - 02:47 am .- The joy of the Gospel of Marriage is alive, said Archbishop Samuel Aquila of Denver, explaining that although the mainstream media may have missed the message at the recent Synod on the Family, Pope Francis’ remarks were “especially clear.”  

'What is being proposed is not marriage' โ€“ Pope calls for defense of family

Oct 26, 2014 - 12:52 pm .- In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been reduced to a mere association, and urged participants to be witnesses in a secular world.  

How Catholics in Scotland are reforming marriage prep

Oct 23, 2014 - 02:04 am .- A new marriage preparation program in the Archdiocese of Saint Andrews and Edinburgh aims to help engaged Catholics on their path to marriage by rediscovering beauty, value of the sacrament.

Why isn't Saint Joseph patron of families yet? synod father asks

Oct 14, 2014 - 11:07 am .- The archbishop of El Salvador's capital city, who is in Rome for the Oct. 5-19 Synod on the Family, has proposed that St. Joseph be officially named patron saint of the family.

Sheer 'barbarism' against Middle East families must end

Oct 11, 2014 - 03:35 pm .- The Synod of Bishops on Friday denounced “barbaric” violence in the Middle East, saying the Holy Family’s flight to Egypt offers a sign of hope and reconciliation for all families suffering due to armed conflict.  

As violence ravages homeland, Nigerian bishop hopes in synod

Oct 8, 2014 - 04:46 pm .- Archbishop Ignatius Kaigama of Jos, Nigeria, has high hopes for the outcome of the current bishops’ synod, noting the contributions of the African Church despite extreme violence and other local struggles.  

Pope: Family needs Scripture to move forward in faith, hope

Oct 5, 2014 - 01:55 pm .- “In order for the family to proceed well, with faith and hope,” said Pope Francis to crowds in St. Peter's Square for the weekly Angelus address, “it needs to be nourished by the Word of God.”  

Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Sep 30, 2014 - 10:58 pm .- A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to convey the necessity of realizing God’s essential role in marriage and family life.  

US bishops invite faithful to pray for family synod

Sep 24, 2014 - 04:50 am .- The U.S. bishops have asked Catholics to take part in a worldwide day of prayer on Sept. 28 for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the Family.  

Marriage prep begins at home, Bishop Conley says

Sep 19, 2014 - 07:33 am .- Preparation for the sacrament of Holy Matrimony begins with family life in the home long before a couple has met, said Bishop James Conley of Lincoln, Neb., and this fact cannot be overlooked in addressing the prevalence of divorce.  

Meeting of Families document offers global perspective

Sep 16, 2014 - 04:31 am .- The preparatory catechesis document for the 2015 World Meeting of Families is a “wonderful” work that addresses Catholic family issues from a global context, Archbishop Charles J. Chaput of Philadelphia said.  

Official prayer, image for World Meeting of Families released

Sep 8, 2014 - 04:14 pm .- The official prayer and image for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia next year have been released to aid pilgrims in spiritual preparation for the upcoming event.  

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