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For Pope Francis,
Faith is a Criterion in
Investigating a Marriage's Validity
-- In investigating the validity of a marriage, ecclesial judges should consider whether the decision to marry was made in the context of values and faith, Pope Francis said on Friday.


Archbishop Giovanni Becciu, substitute of the Secretariat of State, speaks with journalists aboard the papal flight to Colombo, Jan. 12, 2015. Credit: Alan Holdren/CNA.Pope Francis Surprised 
By Misunderstanding of
His Words on Family- Pope Francis was surprised that his words on responsible parenthood were not widely taken in the sense that he intended them, a Vatican official related in an interview on Thursday.


Evangelizing the Culture
for Marriage and Family on EWTN

"Evangelizing the Culture for Marriage and Family" on EWTNEWTN, the Apostolate for Family Consecration, and Catholics for the Common Good Institute have partnered with a six-part mini-series, Evangelizing the Culture for Marriage and Family that begins January 12 on EWTN. It marks the commencement of a new “Marriage Reality Movement” (TakeBackMarriage.org).


Pope Francis on plane returning to Rome from the Philipines - ideological colonialismKids In Poor Countries Suffer
When West Pushes Sex Agenda,
Pope Says
- Pope Francis cautioned on Monday that gender ideologies from the wealthy western world are being imposed on developing nations by tying them to foreign aid and education, in a form of "ideological colonization."


What Threatens Families?
Redefining Marriage, Pope Says
-- Warning that “every threat to the family is a threat to society itself,” Pope Francis called on the people of the Philippines to be a prophetic witness in a world facing attacks on marriage and life.


Redefining Marriage is
'Ideological Colonization,'
Says Vatican Spokesman
- Remarking on Pope Francis' strong words against the threats which “ideological colonization” poses to the family, the Vatican's spokesman told journalists Friday that same-sex marriage falls within this category.


Pope Francis:
Jesus' Choice to
Be Part of a Family
VATICAN CITY, December 17, 2014 -- "The Synod of Bishops on the Family just held was the first stage of a journey, which will end next October with the holding of another Assembly on the theme “The Family’s Vocation and Mission in the Church and in the World.” The prayer and reflection that must accompany this journey involves the whole People of God. I would also like the usual meditations of the Wednesday Audiences to be inserted in this common journey. I have decided to reflect this year with you precisely on the family, on this great gift that the Lord has made to the world since the beginning."


Pope: Mary and Joseph
Exemplify Mission, Vocation
Of Family Life
-- Pope Francis spoke today about Jesus’ choice to be born into a family, saying that it shows the importance of the vocation, which Mary and Joseph epitomized through their everyday holiness.


See CCG's William B. May discuss the reality of marriage on "At Home with Jim and Joy" (October 10, 2014)

The interview with Jim and Joy Pinto starts at 15 min,15 sec.


Tips for converssations about marriageTips for
Thanksgiving Conversations
About Marriage
SAN FRANCSICO, November 24, 2014 -- When the extended family gets together for Thanksgiving, conversations can get interesting these days when controversial subjects like marriage or homosexuality come up. With emotions running high, it is very difficult to have rational discussions with people having divergent opinions, and certainly not discussions that will change anyone’s mind. However, evangelization is not about winning arguments, it is about planting seeds of truth and trusting in the Holy Spirit. 


Pope Tells 'Haggard' Europe:
Human Dignity
Key to Renewal
- Pope Francis’ address to the European Parliament touched on a variety of issues, all of which, he said, ought to promote the “centrality” of the human person so that a true cultural renewal can be attained.


-- Children have the right to be raised by a mother and a father, Pope Francis said, emphasizing that “the family is the foundation of co-existence and a remedy against social fragmentation.”editor


Lots of High Fives:
Philly Celebrates
Announcement of Pope's Visit
-- Pope Francis’ official confirmation of a visit to Philadelphia in 2015 has stoked great Catholic enthusiasm and prompted hopes that a papal visit will reinvigorate the archdiocese.


A New Love Language:
Post Synod Conference
Seeks Ways to Communicate
Truth of Marriage- Following the dramatic and media-hyped Extraordinary Synod last month, the Vatican is hosting a colloquium seeking to find “new and creative language to speak to people where they are.”


How Can the Pope
Be Defined as "Reckless"?
SAN FRANCISCO, November 3, 2014 -- Recently, during an audience about marriage and family with 7,500 members of an Marian apostolate, the Holy Father fielded a question about how he could be defined as “reckless” by some people. The media has been having a field day spinning comments he has made to cause tremendous confusion. How he answered the question provides sage wisdom for all Christians.




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