Organizers for meeting of families expect 1.5 million for papal Mass

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — More than 1.5 million people are expected for the Mass with Pope Francis in Philadelphia this September, said organizers of the next World Meeting of Families. A high-level delegation from Philadelphia, led by Archbishop Charles J. Chaput, was in Rome as of June 22 to meet with Vatican officials, review some…

Marriage, parenting vocations for Wadena couple

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Christian and Tamara Breczinski, parishioners of St. Ann in Wadena, will celebrate 10 years of marriage in August. They adopted a piece of wisdom early in their relationship that keeps them grounded and helps them persevere through tough times. “We recognized early on that by getting married, we were not…

Creating a future

The following is the fifth in a 10-part series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Chris Codden For The Visitor The first commandment God imparted to us is in the book of Genesis: to be fertile and multiply, fill the earth…

Pope OKs synod members elected by Canada’s bishops, superiors general

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis formally approved a further list of delegates to October’s world Synod of Bishops on the family. The pope approved the Canadian bishops’ election of: Archbishop Paul-Andre Durocher of Gatineau, conference president; Bishop Noel Simard of Valleyfield; Cardinal Thomas C. Collins of Toronto; and Archbishop Richard W. Smith of Edmonton….

Spouses’ love depends first on God’s love

The following is the fourth in a 10-part series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Sister Candace Fier For The Visitor The last time you saw a child receiving a gift, do you remember the joy and excitement on their face…

Worldwide Marriage Encounter helps couple’s marriage to thrive

By Sam Patet For The Visitor Ten years into her marriage, Sandy Tuszynski was discouraged. The year was 1978, and the 33-year-old mother of two didn’t know what to do. Unlike her husband, who had steadily been advancing in his career at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, she had been at home, caring for…

Catholic publishers will be part of World Meeting of Families

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — In an effort to promote Catholic publications dedicated to the family, the Pontifical Council for the Family is organizing initiatives for Catholic publishers at the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia. Together with the Vatican publishing house, the Catholic Biblical Federation and the Association of Catholic Publishers, the pontifical council is…

Pope, council discuss synod document; bishops hold study day in Rome

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis and members of the council of the Synod of Bishops met May 25-26 to review input from around the world for October’s synod on the family and made their final suggestions for the synod’s working document. The office of the synod’s general secretary will incorporate the suggestions and have…

Couple’s purity while dating becomes fruitfulness in marriage

By Susan Klemond For The Visitor Dan and Sarah Driver come from polar opposite backgrounds: She grew up in a strong Catholic family in Grand Rapids, Mich., and never left the faith, while he received less Catholic formation in Reading, England, and then adopted a hedonistic lifestyle until his conversion. “Dan’s conversion was pretty radical,”…

The meaning of human sexuality

The following is the third in a 10-part series focusing on the 10 themes of the preparatory catechesis for the World Meeting of Families Sept. 22-27 in Philadelphia. By Betsy Kneepkens For The Visitor Jesus proclaimed that “matter matters” by his incarnation. If we could step out of creation and let go of our inclinations,…