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Raising Catholic kids: New study suggests what successful parents have in common

Feb 7, 2024

By Jonah McKeown

A new study aims to demonstrate the practices of parents who successfully raise children to be practicing Catholic adults. Read more


Data show Americans want larger families even as fertility rates remain at historic lows

Sep 30, 2023

By Daniel Payne

A recent Gallup study shows an increase in the number of Americans who believe that the ideal family size is... Read more

Soren and Ever Johnson with their five children, ages 19 to 10.

US couple to share advice for Catholic family life at World Meeting of Families

Jun 20, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The international gathering of Catholic families begins in Rome on June 22. Read more

Pope Francis announced that his prayer intention for June 2022 is families.

Pope Francis announces his prayer intention for June 2022

Jun 2, 2022

By CNA Staff

The choice is fitting, since families from around the world will gather in Rome later this month for the World... Read more

Pope Francis meets participants in an international conference of moral theology in the Vatican’s Clementine Hall, May 13, 2022.

Pope Francis: Family life more tested than ever before

May 13, 2022

By Hannah Brockhaus

The pope was speaking to moral theologians. Read more

Pope Francis in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 22, 2016. Credit: Mazur/catholicnews.org.uk.

Amoris laetitia year: Pope Francis says Church must defend the family

Mar 19, 2021

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis has encouraged Catholics to support and defend families by making an effort to be close to them in... Read more

Pope Francis delivers his Angelus address in the library of the Apostolic Palace Dec. 27, 2020. Credit: Vatican Media.

Pope Francis urges all families to look to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph for ‘sure inspiration’

Dec 27, 2020

Pope Francis urged families across the world Sunday to look to Jesus, Mary, and Joseph for “sure inspiration.”  Read more

Pope Francis gives an address in the library of the Apostolic Palace. Credit: Vatican Media

Pope Francis to mark fifth anniversary of ‘Amoris laetitia’ with year dedicated to family

Dec 27, 2020

Pope Francis announced Sunday a special year dedicated to the family, marking the fifth anniversary of the publication of his... Read more

Hungary defines family as having a mother and a father

Dec 15, 2020

Hungary’s Parliament passed a law Tuesday defining the family as having a woman as the mother and a man as... Read more

Pope Francis offers Mass in the chapel of Casa Santa Marta March 13, 2020.

Pope Francis prays for families stuck at home during coronavirus outbreak

Mar 14, 2020

By Hannah Brockhaus

Pope Francis offered his daily Mass on Saturday for families who must adjust to life with everyone at home, that... Read more

US bishops oppose Trump immigration plan, say families are foundational

May 19, 2019

Leaders of the U.S. bishops’ conference voiced concern over President Donald Trump’s new immigration plan, stressing that families should be... Read more

As population plummets, Hungary to end income tax for moms of at least four

Feb 12, 2019

In an effort to encourage Hungarians to have more babies, the prime minister of the country has announced that women... Read more

Pope St. John Paul II visits Colombia in 1986.

After 25 years, what JP2’s Letter to Families can teach today’s world

Jan 30, 2019

By Mary Farrow

25 years ago next week, on Feb. 2, 1994, Pope John Paul II penned his “Letter to Families,” the subject... Read more

Pope Francis blesses a woman at the Dec. 5, 2018 General Audience.

On Holy Family feast, Pope Francis offers advice for healing family wounds

Dec 30, 2018

By Courtney Mares

Pope Francis prayerfully entrusted troubled families to the protection of the Holy Family of Nazareth Sunday and offered his advice... Read more

40 percent of U.S. children born to unmarried parents, rate increasing worldwide

Oct 18, 2018

New data shows that an increasing number of babies worldwide are born to unmarried parents.  Read more

El Salvadoran boy.

Don’t cut vital services to immigrants with new DHS rule, bishops plead

Sep 25, 2018

Immigrants and their families will suffer great harm if long-standing policies are changed by the Department of Homeland Security to... Read more