Strength in adversity: When families are everything

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The Catholic Church has long defended the family as the basic unit of society and as a “school of humanity.” The family as a bastion of love and protection in times of war and disaster is a reality, not a pious platitude, said two members of the Synod of Bishops. Ukrainian…

Families have a mission in the church, archbishop says

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — The family is not just an object of church discussion, but must be a subject — an actor — that shares its life and witness with the wider Christian community, said Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz of Louisville, Kentucky. At the Synod of Bishops on the family, he said, members agree that…

Church and society must learn from families, pope says at audience

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Society and the church have much to learn from the family and, in fact, the bond between the church and the family is “indissoluble,” Pope Francis said. Families bring needed values and a humanizing spirit to society and, when they mirror God’s love for all, they teach the church how it…

Pope’s Homily at Opening Mass of the Synod of Bishops

(Vatican Radio) The front of St. Peter’s Basilica was lined with green and scarlet as the Synod Fathers gathered around the altar for the opening mass of the Ordinary Synod of Bishops on the Family this morning presided over by the Holy Father, Pope Francis. The Scripture texts were those of the Twenty-Seventh Sunday in…

Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri explains how the Synod on the Family will unfold

Vatican City (VIS) – The Holy See Press Office Cardinal Lorenzo Baldisseri, general secretary of the Synod of Bishops, gave a presentation of the phases and methods of the Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops on “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and the contemporary world.” “Saturday evening, in…

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…