The Mission of Love

The following is the second 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 Amanda Zurface For The Visitor The Catholic Church wants to see your marriage succeed and be fruitful. The incredible reality of the church’s teaching on marriage…

God made us for love and joy

The following is the first 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 Jean Stolpestad For The Visitor Since the dawn of time, people have desired to find meaning and purpose for their lives. In our age of competing…

Pope: Everyone loses when culture doesn’t care about marriage, family

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — God’s plan for fruitful, everlasting unions between a man and woman has been lost in a world filled with skepticism, distrust and hostility, Pope Francis said. A culture that does not value “the stable and life-giving covenant between a man and woman is certainly a loss for everyone. We must bring…

Cardinal Kasper urges prayers for upcoming synod on family

ROME (CNS) — Catholics should let their bishops know their hopes and concerns for the upcoming Synod of Bishops on the family, but even more importantly, they should pray that the Holy Spirit guide the bishops’ deliberations, said German Cardinal Walter Kasper. “We should all pray for it because a battle is going on,” he…

USCCB president says ‘witness of marriage’ can inspire a troubled world

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The family is an instrument of evangelization and it can influence others more than people realize, the president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops, said at The Catholic University of America. Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky, said families deserve to be held up and supported in their daily lives…

Pope plans to canonize St. Therese’s parents during family synod

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Pope Francis is expected to canonize Blessed Louis and Zelie Martin, the parents of St. Therese of Lisieux, during the world Synod of Bishops on the family in October. Cardinal Angelo Amato, prefect of the Congregation for Saints’ Causes, leading a conference Feb. 27 on the role of saints in the…

Focus groups give voice, hope to families

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Marc and Teresa Dvoracek had several reasons for venturing out to St. Anthony’s Parish Center in St. Cloud on the blustery evening of Feb. 23. The couple, members of Holy Spirit Parish in St. Cloud, were among Catholics who participated in focus groups this week at the request of Bishop…