Articles on this issue "family"
"[The] synod is neither a convention, nor a parlor, nor a parliament or senate, where people make deals and reach compromises. The synod is rather an ecclesial expression, i.e., the Church …read more
'This is God’s dream for his beloved creation: to see it fulfilled in the loving union between a man and a woman, rejoicing in their shared journey, fruitful in their mutual gift of self.'
At 10 am today, the 27th Sunday of Ordinary Time, Pope Francis presided at theMass in St. Peter's Basilica for the opening of theOrdinary General Assembly of the Synodof Bishops on the theme: …read more
'Let us set out once more from Nazareth for a Synod which, more than speaking about the family, can learn from the family, readily acknowledging its dignity, its strength and its value, despite all its problems and difficulties.'
Below is the Vatican-provided translation of the address Pope Francis gave at thePrayer Vigil for the GeneralAssembly of the Synod of Bishops on the Family, Oct. 4-25,in St. Peter's Square …read more
Archbishop Eamon Martin of Armagh and Archbishop Diarmuid Martin of Dublin, president and vice president respectively of the Irish Catholic Bishops’ Conference, will represent the Irish …read more
Craig and Katie are loving parents who traveled from Baltimore to Philadelphiawith their four children -- Abby, 7; Isabella, 6; Sophia, 3 ("but about to turn 4," says Isabella); and Kolbe, 11 …read more
"We might well ask whether in our pastoral ministry we are ready to “waste” time with families. Whether we are ready to be present to them, sharing their difficulties and joys"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this morning when he met in Philadelphia with bishops from the around the world who are in town to attend the World Meeting of …read more
"Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches"
Here is a Vatican translation of the homily Pope Francis gave this afternoon at the closing Mass of the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. A ZENIT transcription and translation of the …read more
"Your care for me and your generous welcome are a sign of your love for Jesus and your faithfulness to him. So too is your care for the poor, the sick, the homeless and the immigrant, your defense of life at every stage, and your concern for family life"
Here is the text of the address Pope Francis gave this evening in Philadelphia shortly before departing for Rome. * * * Mr. Vice-President, Distinguished Authorities, My Brother Bishops, Dear …read more
While There Is Always the Cross in a Family, There Is Also the Resurrection
At the World Meeting of Families this evening, Pope Francis left aside his prepared address to speak about the truth, goodness and beauty of God, and the truth, goodness and beauty of …read more
Here is a ZENIT transcription and translation of the address Pope Francis gave this evening at the Festival of Families at the World Meeting of Families. He chose not to follow his prepared …read more
Pope Francis left Cuba today after telling families that they are needed for the future, to save societies from people who haven’t learned how to be human. The Pope's final public address in …read more
"Amid all the difficulties troubling our families of the world today, please, never forget one thing: families are not a problem, they are first and foremost an opportunity. An opportunity which we have to care for, protect and support"
Here is a Vatican translation of the address Pope Francis gave this morning in his meeting with families. The Holy Father largely followed his prepared text, but ZENIT has transcribed and …read more
The following is a full and definitive list of the participants in the 14th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops, to be held from 4 to 25 October 2015, on the theme, “The …read more
Reflects on the Bond Between Families and Christian Communities During General Audience
The bond that exists between the family and the Christian community is a natural one, in which the Church serves as a spiritual family while the family serves as a small Church. These were …read more
Here is a ZENIT translation of the catechesis from this morning’s general audience, held in St. Peter’s Square. Continuing with the series of catecheses on the family, in his address in …read more