Changes to annulment process explained
Nov 30 2015
Pope Francis chose Dec. 8 as the beginning not only of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy, but as the date for the inauguration of changes in the church’s annulment process.
Product of synod may be a deepening of mercy
Nov 30 2015
In emphasizing mercy as the central duty of the church, the pope is affecting the way church leaders and people in the pews are thinking about family life.
High court's ruling prompts bishops' pastoral plan for family, marriage
Nov 17 2015
Moving forward in response to the Supreme Court's ruling on same-sex marriage, U.S. bishops are planning to develop a pastoral plan for marriage and family life.
Bishops, in draft statement, call pornography 'mortal sin'
Nov 16 2015
In their Baltimore meeting, the U.S. bishops are considering a statement on the dangers of pornography.
A family that doesn't eat together is 'hardly a family,' pope says
Nov 11 2015
A family watches TV or plays with their smartphones rather than talk at the dinner table is "hardly a family," the pope said.
Families must forgive and not 'end the day in war,' pope says
Nov 04 2015
The secret to healing wounds among family members is to "not end the day in war" and to forgive one another, Pope Francis said.
'Unreliable:' Vatican spokesman challenges reporter claim pope approves Communion for all remarried who ask
Nov 03 2015
An Italian journalist's claim that Pope Francis told him all divorced who ask will be admitted to Communion was called 'unreliable.'
Women's right to maternity leave must be protected, pope says
Nov 02 2015
Businesses are called to promote harmony between work and family for their employees, especially for women with children, Pope Francis said.
Synod had difficult moments as it tried to proclaim truth, pope says
Oct 24 2015
Pope Francis framed differences among bishops as an opportunity for learning.
Synod report urges 'accompaniment' tailored to family situations
Oct 24 2015
Members of the Synod of Bishops presented a 94-paragraph report to Pope Francis.
Pope establishes new dicastery for laity, family, life
Oct 23 2015
Pope Francis announced he is establishing a new office for laity, family and life, which combines the responsibilities of two pontifical councils.
The deeper synod question: How should church relate to the wider world
Oct 22 2015
The synod highlighted the fact that the family is at the very heart of the church.