Marriage & Family Life

Reach out to unmarried couples, support newlyweds, pope urges

The Catholic Church must reach out to couples living together without being married, Pope Francis told those involved in family ministry in the Diocese of Rome.
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Families called to share joy, love, life with the world, pope says

In a stadium of Catholic families from around the world, Pope Francis told the laypeople they are the vast majority of church members and that, without them, the church would be cold, a collection of statues.
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Cardinal Farrell tells media church needs God to help it build bridges

Cardinal Kevin Farrell, head of the Vatican's Dicastery for Laity, the Family and Life, said the church needs God to help it build bridges, to communicate and to help it understand that "we need to speak to each other and accept each other as children of God."
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Archbishop: 50th anniversary of ‘Humanae Vitae’ celebrates human dignity

The 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s landmark encyclical, “Humanae Vitae” (“Of Human Life”), is an occasion “to celebrate and revisit our human dignity, our human nature,” said Archbishop William E. Lori.
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Riverdance to perform for Pope Francis during World Meeting of Families

The internationally acclaimed Irish dance troupe Riverdance will be among those performing for Pope Francis at the August World Meeting of Families in Dublin, organizers said July 19.
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‘Humanae Vitae’ said rooted in respect church has for human dignity

Fifty years ago, an encyclical was released affirming a long-held teaching of the Catholic Church, yet it became one of the most controversial encyclicals in recent church history.
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A conversation about ‘Humanae Vitae’ may finally be possible

If 1968 was one of the worst years possible for "Humanae Vitae" to be heard, then 2018 may be one of the best. Let the conversation begin.
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Letters to adopted children’s birth mothers draw grateful response

A suggestion that started with an Ohio Catholic school student's dream has resulted in a nationwide response of support for the birth mothers of adopted children and gratitude from the mothers themselves.
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Cardinal lays out broad plan for parishes to implement ‘Amoris Laetitia’

"'Amoris Laetitia' is a call to compassionate accompaniment in helping all to experience Christ's love and mercy," Cardinal Wuerl said in the 58-page pastoral plan.
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On another St. Valentine’s Day, health struggle only strengthens bond of couple

The love story of Jerry and Renee Buettner, one that begins in the early 1970s, is intertwined with their faith.
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German cardinal urges pastoral care, but not ‘blessing’ of gay couples

The president of the German bishops' conference urged priests to provide better pastoral care to Catholics who are homosexual, but he said, "I think that would not be right" when asked if he could imagine the Catholic Church blessing gay couples.
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