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,…

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…

Joy, love, solidarity draw local couples to World Meeting of Families

By Kristi Anderson The Visitor Bonnie Schulzetenberg’s house is draped in red hearts every February as she prepares a special meal her kids affectionately deemed the “love feast” — a family tradition that began when she and her husband, Deacon Jim Schulzetenberg, were first married. “We weren’t always able to go out for a fancy…

Funds raised for World Meeting of Families stand at $30 million so far

PHILADELPHIA (CNS) — Officials for the World Meeting of Families this year in Philadelphia announced Feb. 20 that $30 million in cash and in-kind donations has been raised to support the four-day event Sept. 22-25, capped by the visit of Pope Francis. The congress will welcome top speakers and participants, Catholic and non-Catholic, from across…