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Men, women, and the power of marriage: Pope Francis to give key address

Nov 3, 2014

Later this month Pope Francis will meet with intellectuals and inter-religious faith leaders from around the world to examine the... Read more

Fr. Arne Panula presents Carl and Dorian Anderson with the St. John Paul II Award for the New Evangelization in Washington, D.C., Oct. 29, 2014.

Want to bolster families? Return to Gospel concepts of freedom, fidelity

Oct 31, 2014

By Matt Hadro

The Church must work to strengthen the family by helping couples practice Christian concepts of virtues if it wishes to... Read more

Cardinal Donald Wuerl of Washington arrives at the Vatican's Synod Hall during the Synod on the Family, Oct. 10, 2014.

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

Oct 30, 2014

By Matt Hadro

According to the Archbishop of Washington, the recent Synod on the Family worked to address the challenge that many young... Read more

Pope Francis at an Oct. 25, 2014 audience with Schoenstatt movement.

'What is being proposed is not marriage' – Pope calls for defense of family

Oct 26, 2014

By Elise Harris

In an audience with members of an international Marian movement, Pope Francis warned that the sacrament of marriage has been... Read more

Hands Together, by Vera Kratochvil.

Church teaching on sexuality is simple, but not easy, priest says

Oct 19, 2014

By Ann Schneible

When it comes to human sexuality, one of the predominant themes being discussed by participants at the Extraordinary Synod on... Read more

St. Peter's Basilica.

Here's why Church teaching on 'gay marriage' did not change today

Oct 13, 2014

By Mary Farrow

The Catholic blogosphere exploded Monday after the Extraordinary Synod of Bishops released a document summarizing last week’s discussion.    Read more

U.S. Supreme Court.

'Decisive' role of marriage in focus as Court declines cases

Oct 6, 2014

The Supreme Court’s decision not to review defense of marriage appeals by five states has been met with disappointment, along... Read more

Pope Francis greets bishops and clergy in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Oct. 1 2014.

Be frank, humble – Pope Francis tells bishops at synod launch

Oct 6, 2014

By Elise Harris

During the opening session for the extraordinary synod on the family, Pope Francis told participants not to be afraid of... Read more

We want Church truth on marriage, young Catholics say

Oct 5, 2014

By Mary Farrow

It always bothered Grace Raun when she heard her college classmates saying “nobody waits anymore” for marriage, because she knew... Read more

Cardinal Walter Brandmuller speaking on the upcoming Synod on the Family in his apartment in Rome, Oct. 1, 2014.

True pastoral work never contradicts doctrine, cardinal stresses

Oct 5, 2014

By Jan Bentz

As bishops from around the world prepare to discuss pastoral solutions to various challenges surrounding the family, German Cardinal Walter... Read more

Professor Fr. Robert Dodaro, OSA, President of Institutum Patristicum Augustinianum, in Rome on Sept. 19, 2014.

Taking Gospel seriously on marriage is not 'rigid' – it's love

Oct 4, 2014

By Jan Bentz

The editor of a high-profile book on marriage said that adhering to Christ’s Gospel teachings on divorce is not harsh... Read more

Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville takes part in a press conference at the USCCB's Fall General Assembly in Baltimore on Nov. 12, 2013.

Leading US bishop: Synod to help faithful embrace Church teaching

Oct 3, 2014

The upcoming Synod on the Family is a chance to support and accompany Catholic families as they learn to appreciate... Read more

 A session of the Synod on the New Evangelization, October 12, 2012.

'There is no authentic and true pastoral care against doctrine'

Oct 3, 2014

By Andrea Gagliarducci

Despite media expectations for the upcoming synod of bishops, Pope Francis will make his final decisions in his legitimate role... Read more

Bishop Gerhard Ludwig Mueller.

Cardinal Mueller: Do not remove challenges of Gospel

Oct 1, 2014

With the Synod on the Family just days away, the head of the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith... Read more

Arturo and Hermelinda de Sa Zamperline.

Family life requires love of God, say married synod participants

Sep 30, 2014

A Brazilian couple who will speak at the upcoming Synod on the Family at the Vatican said they hope to... Read more

Cardinal Walter Kasper.

Interview excerpts: Cardinal Kasper responds

Sep 29, 2014

On Sept. 29, the Argentine daily La Nacion published an interview with Cardinal Walter Kasper, who has drawn significant media... Read more

Spanish bishop: Pope says he will not change Communion rule

Sep 25, 2014

Amid widespread reports that Pope Francis might open the door to Communion for the divorced and civilly remarried, a Spanish... Read more

Cardinal Raymond Burke, prefect of the Apostolic Signatura, speaks with CNA Sept. 15, 2014.

Cardinal Burke: Media hijacking Synod on the Family

Sep 23, 2014

By Ann Schneible

Next month's Synod on the Family has undergone an attempted hijacking by some media sources, which are fueling expectations that... Read more

Photo by George Hodan (CC0 1.0).

Vatican marriage commission could drop mandatory appeal for annulments

Sep 23, 2014

After it was announced that Pope Francis had appointed a commission to study a reform of the process of marriage... Read more

Vatican announces commission to streamline marriage process

Sep 20, 2014

Pope Francis will establish a commission to review the matrimonial process in canon law with the goal of simplifying the... Read more