Becoming a marriage-building parish: 8 strategies for success

Local marriage and family life director offers practical ideas at world meeting By Joe Towalski The Visitor Strengthening marriage and family life in today’s secular culture is no easy task, says Chris Codden, director of the Office of Marriage and Family in the Diocese of St. Cloud. But parishes that are willing to consider multiple…

Pope says synod is not parliament, but place to listen to Holy Spirit

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The world Synod of Bishops on the family is not a parliament where participants will negotiate or lobby, Pope Francis said, but it must be a place of prayer where bishops speak with courage and open themselves to “God who always surprises us.” Opening the first working session of the synod…

Pope tells parents to be mindful of children’s suffering

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The deep hurts that spouses inflict on each other cause great suffering to their children and, in some cases, lead to a separation that is “morally necessary” to protect spouses and children from more serious forms of violence, Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 24….

Pope tells parents to be mindful of children’s suffering

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The deep hurts that spouses inflict on each other cause great suffering to their children and, in some cases, lead to a separation that is “morally necessary” to protect spouses and children from more serious forms of violence, Pope Francis said during his general audience in St. Peter’s Square June 24….

Divorce, migration changing the face of families worldwide, in U.S.

WASHINGTON (CNS) — The family under discussion when the extraordinary Synod of Bishops convenes at the Vatican Oct. 5 will bear little resemblance to the family of 50 or even 20 years ago. The blended and extended families created by high rates of divorce, remarriage and cohabitation — along with the worldwide migration prompted by…