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African, European bishops' meeting promotes an authentic 'joy of the family'

A group of bishops from across Africa and Europe met last weekend pledging to redouble their efforts in favor of... Read more

Christian marriage – it's 'demanding but magnificent,' Pope says

May 13, 2015

In his audience closing out the Togolese bishops’ ad Limina visit to Rome, Pope Francis on Monday encouraged solid faith... Read more

General audience with Pope Francis on March 18, 2015.

Pope Francis: Spare no effort in defending life, family

May 12, 2015

In his meeting on Saturday with the bishops from Mozambique, a southeast African nation, Pope Francis urged support for public... Read more

Pope Francis greets pilgrims in St. Peter's Square during the Wednesday general audience on Nov. 5, 2014.

Want to help families? Evangelize them, Pope says

May 4, 2015

Speaking to the bishops from the Republic of the Congo on Monday, Pope Francis encouraged them in their ministry to... Read more

Marienplatz square in Munich, Germany.

A crisis in the German church? Synod questionnaire would suggest so

May 2, 2015

By Carl Bunderson

The Synod of Bishops began receiving in April responses to a questionnaire that had been sent to dioceses the world... Read more

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

Apr 16, 2015

With Christian marriages facing obstacles from pornography and infidelity to self-centeredness and divorce, what are faithful Catholics to do?  Read more

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

Mar 20, 2015

How far would you travel to see the Pope? For one family in Argentina, seven months and 11,000 miles is... Read more

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

Mar 19, 2015

We've all heard the popular American rhyme about relationships: First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes baby in a... Read more

Domenico Dolce at Dolce & Gabanna boutique in Shanghai, October 2010.

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

Mar 18, 2015

The designers behind luxury Italian fashion label Dolce & Gabbana triggered a barrage of controversy after expressing support for traditional... Read more

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

Mar 16, 2015

By Elise Harris, Ann Schneible

Creators of the luxury Italian fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana sparked global controversy over the weekend after coming out in... Read more

Prepping for media ahead of World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia

Mar 8, 2015

By Mary Farrow

Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI’s visit the United Kingdom in 2010 was supposed to be a disaster. Several people were calling... Read more

Seven challenges for the Mexican Church and the family

Mar 4, 2015

On the Day of the Family, celebrated in Mexico March 1, Cardinal Norberto Rivera laid out seven challenges the Church... Read more

A couple snaps a selfie with Pope Francis at his Wednesday general audience on Feb. 4, 2015.

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

Feb 4, 2015

By Elise Harris

In his Wednesday general audience, Pope Francis said the role of parents is to teach their children with patience, gentleness,... Read more

Ghana priests shift focus to marriage prep, youth formation

Jan 30, 2015

A national gathering of hundreds of priests in Ghana have resolved to become more involved with their parishioners through marriage... Read more

Pope Francis greets the ill and disabled during his General Audience Nov. 13, 2014.

Fostering close ties: what family life teaches us about communication

Jan 23, 2015

By Elise Harris

Pope Francis chose the family as his theme for this year’s World Communications Day, saying that as the first place... Read more

Italian families and educators in St. Peter's Square for a meeting with Pope Francis, May 10, 2014.

Big families bring hope – not poverty, says Pope

Jan 21, 2015

By Ann Schneible

Pope Francis has rejected the “simplistic” belief that large families are among the causes of poverty, stressing that economic systems... Read more

Pope Francis celebrates Sunday Mass at Rizal Park in Manila on Jan. 18, 2015.

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

Jan 18, 2015

In his homily for the Jan. 18 Closing Mass in the Philippines, Pope Francis pointed to our identity as God’s... Read more

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

Jan 5, 2015

Bishop Mark Davies of Shrewsbury has responded to Pope Francis' call for renewed commitment to the “Gospel of the Family”... Read more

Conference to consider the human element in Catholic family life

Jan 2, 2015

Catholic marriage preparation and pastoral care of the family in light of human nature will be the topic of an... Read more

Pope Francis married 20 couples in St. Peter's Basilica on Sept. 14, 2014.

Pope: Church must improve marriage prep, strengthen families

Dec 8, 2014

Pope Francis in his latest interview reflected on October’s Extraordinary Synod on the Family, dismissing fears of doctrinal “collapse” while... Read more