Press conference on June 26, 2014 at the Vatican Press Office to release the instrumentum laboris for the upcoming Synod on the Family. Credit: Daniel Ibáñez/CNAVatican Releases Outline for
October Synod on the Family
-- Divided into three parts, the Vatican's newly released outline that will drive discussion during the upcoming synod touches on the nature of families and current challenges they face.


Pope: Jesus Was a Pastor,
Not a 'Moralistic' Power-Seeker
- In his daily homily Pope Francis warned of those who reduce the faith to moralism and ambition, stating that people in Jesus' time followed him because he spoke the truth in a way they understood.


Bishop's Letter on
'Language of Love'
Finds Global Audience

- Nebraska Bishop James D. Conley’s pastoral letter “The Language of Love” has had an international impact in the first three months since it was published.


Vatican Upholds Nature,
Importance of Family in UN Session
VATICAN CITY, June 25, 2014 - During the 26th Session of the U.N.’s Human Rights Council, Archbishop Silvano Tomasi affirmed that the family nourished by the marriage of one man and one woman offers a “dynamic energy” to society.


Archbishop Cordileone’s Talk
At the March for Marriage
WASHINGTON, DC, June 19, 2014 "The question is then: does society need an institution that unites children to the mothers and fathers who bring them into the world, or doesn’t it?"


Pro-marriage Culture
Reduces Inequality,
Professor Says
- Church support for marriage among poor and middle class Americans can play a key role in combating income inequality and providing a good environment for children, a sociologist told the U.S. bishops.


Archbishop Salvatore Cordileone

Archbishop Cordileone Counters
March for Marriage Critics


Marriage and Social Justice
SAN FRANCISCO, June 12, 2014  If you knew that Catholics for the Common Good was based in California and you noticed on its website a box with the words “Same-Sex Marriage” crossed out in a red circle—and the words “The wrong issue” above that, you might think this was some kind of “Left Coast” initiative, heavy on Catholic “social justice” and light on life, marriage, and family issues.


What Jesus Said
About Divorce

WASHINGTON, DC, June 11, 2014 -- Pope Francis concluded his homily during the Canonization Mass of Sts. John XXIII and John Paul II by invoking the intercession of the two new saints as the Church journeys towards the upcoming Synod on the Family. He finished his homily with the beautiful words, “May both of them teach us not to be scandalized by the wounds of Christ and to enter ever more deeply into the mystery of divine mercy, which always hopes and always forgives, because it always loves.”


Leader's Action Inspires
Parish-Wide Marriage Study
CHULA VISTA CA, June 6, 2014 - When Catholics for the Common Good County Co-Chair Michael Brault approached Father Luke Jauregui, pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Chula Vista, CA about organizing a study program on the defense and promotion of the true meaning of marriage during Lent, he jumped at the opportunity.   At weekend Masses before Ash Wednesday he made an appeal to his parishioners, asking them to join a study group centered on Catholics for the Common Good's book "Getting the Marriage Conversation Right."   A total of 80 parishioners signed up to participate in one of 6 English or Spanish groups that met weekly.  Two of the groups were led by Father Jauregui himself.


Marriage Requires
Love That Imitates Christ,
Pope Says
-- In his June 2 homily, Pope Francis addressed married couples in the Vatican, pointing to fidelity, perseverance, and fruitfulness as the three characteristics of authentic Christian love.


Husband of Condemned
Sudanese Woman
Reiterates Commitment
-- The husband of Meriam Ibrahim, a Sudanese Christian woman sentenced to death for allegedly abandoning Islam, says his wife is standing by her faith despite possible execution.


Lawyer: Colo. Baker
Forced to Choose
Between Faith, Work
-- A commission’s ruling that Colorado baker Jack Phillips must bake same-sex “wedding” cakes forces him to choose between violating his conscience and supporting his family, the baker’s lawyer said.


“patrimony for all humanity,” Archbishop Vincenzo Paglia tells the UNFamily Cannot Be Done Away With,
Archbishop Tells UN
-- The family has a “unique character” that makes it a , the head of the Pontifical Council for the Family, told the United Nations.


Post image for If We Do Nothing, They Will CloneIf We Do Nothing,
They Will Clone

SAN FRANCISCO, May 19, 2014 -- Human cloning is here. After years of effort, scientists manufactured human life using the same process that created Dolly the sheep. There is no way around it: The age of human cloning is here—unless we act now to prevent it.




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