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A Papal Salute to Grandparents

Speaking at World Youth Day, Pope Francis described the relationship between the old and the young as “a treasure to be preserved and strengthened.” The Pope has frequently spoken on the important role of grandparents, citing his own paternal grandmother.


Are Online Dating Sites Coming of Age?

A new study concludes that “a surprising number of Americans now meet their spouse online,” and “meeting a spouse online is on average associated with slightly higher marital satisfaction and lower rates of marital breakup.” More than one-third of U.S. marriages between 2005 and 2012 began online.


Faith Helps Relationships to Endure, Says Pope

Pope Francis issued his first encyclical, “The Light of Faith,” on July 5. He writes: ““Faith reveals just how firm the bonds between people can be when God is present in their midst.” Faith “sheds light on every human relationship because it is born of love and reflects God’s own love.”


Bishops Respond to Supreme Court Marriage Rulings

Reacting to the Supreme Court’s decisions on DOMA and California’s Proposition 8, Cardinal Timothy Dolan declared, “The future of marriage and the well-being of our society hang in the balance.” Some church leaders suggested that the court’s actions would return the issue of same-sex marriage to the individual states.


New Website Offers Guidance on Internet Safety

Parents and other adults wanting to help children and teens safely navigate the Internet, cell phones and other mobile devices will welcome a brand new website, FaithandSafety.org.The website hopes to serve as “a starting point” for parents “who may not know where to turn, what to do or just need some quick information and practical guidance.”


Fathers and Children: Understanding the Misunderstandings

Is it a good idea for parents to request a little feedback from a child on how they are doing in their parenthood roles? The answer is yes, according to new research on parenting.


The Breadwinner Moms of Today’s America

New research confirms the trend that a growing number of wives out-earn their husbands. While most adults do not see this as problematic, a large majority thinks that the expanding presence of mothers in the workplace makes it harder to raise children.


Can Couples Use Money To Buy Happiness?

New research shows that money can, indeed, buy happiness. But it depends on whether couples spend money on others, and whether they use money to buy experiences rather than things.


Why Family Life Is Now a Choice

“Family life doesn’t just happen; it is a decision, a choice,” say the Catholic bishops of Manitoba, Canada. Today, “perhaps more than ever before, we must choose to be a family.”


Pope Francis Reflects on a Mother’s Demanding Role

As we celebrate Mother’s Day weekend, Pope Francis offer timely reflections on the role of mothers. A mother, he says, helps children to confront life’s problems without becoming lost in them.


How Parents Spend Their Time: A Dramatic Change

A new research report finds that the “way mothers and fathers spend their time has changed dramatically in the past half century.” Some of the findings may surprise you. Here are ten highlights.


Messages on Marriage Absorbed by Children at Home

Marriage preparation programs often highlight the need for couples to invest themselves in their marriage. A recent study underscores the importance of “positive family relationships” in preparing children to be “emotionally invested” in their adult relationships.


Families and the Cities We Want

British Archbishop Vincent Nichols recently addressed the question “What kind of city do we want?” He pointed out that people make the city; moreover, the family “is the first school of citizenship, and loving, stable families are the vital building block of every city, as they are of any human society.”


Couples Benefit When Dad Is Involved with the Kids

A new study finds that marriages benefit when a husband relates well with his children and is involved with them. Their marriages also benefit when he participates in household chores. These are important ways husbands connect with their wives.


What Does the Rising Cohabitation Rate Mean for America?

New research studies show that many women are choosing cohabitation over marriage as their first union. What are the benefits and costs of delayed marriage?


Immigrant Families Face Fear, Hopelessness

Recent criminal violence in northern Mexico has complicated immigration challenges at the border. Bishop Daniel Flores of Brownsville describes the fears and anxieties faced by immigrant families, both the poor and the well-to-do.


Pope Francis Gives Families Food for Thought

Although he was just elected, Pope Francis is already giving families much to think about. He draws inspiration from St. Francis of Assisi, his namesake, and St. Joseph, and he hopes others will also see them as models.


U.S. Supreme Court To Hear Marriage Definition Cases

On March 26 and 27 the U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases that relate to the definition of marriage as the union of one man and one woman. Learn what is involved and why the Catholic Bishops have filed friend-of-the-court briefs in each case.


Long Commutes Take Toll on Family Life

A new Census Bureau report finds that millions of Americans commute more than 60 minutes a day each way. What effect do these long commutes have on family life?


Philadelphia to Host World Meeting of Families in September, 2015

The Vatican has announced the official date for the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia: Sept. 22-27, 2015. Philadelphia Archbishop Charles Chaput says a World Meeting has “the power to transform, in deeply positive ways, not just the spirit of Catholic life in our region, but the whole public community.”


Does Home Life Prepare Children for Marriage?

Most parents hope to create a warm, supportive home for their children. A new study shows that these efforts do provide benefits. It finds that a positive family environment during childhood is associated better marital outcomes later in life.


Marriage and Family: A Major Theme for Pope Benedict XVI

As Pope Benedict XVI prepares to leave his office, we look back at what the Pope said about marriage and family life. His pastoral concern and esteem for marriage and family turns out to be one of the themes of his papacy.


Life for Sandwich-Generation Parents: “Pulled in Many Directions”

If you are supporting both your own children and your parents, like many Americans, you are a part of the “sandwich generation.” The Pew center recently released a report on its new survey of the sandwich generation.


Why Doesn’t Everyone View Adoption as a Pro-Life Option?

“One of the greatest challenges before us is to change women’s perception of adoption as being a bad choice,” Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston said recently in a homily during the National Prayer Vigil for Life.


What Unites and Divides America’s Parents

A three-year study of families conducted by the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture reveals some of the similarities and differences among America’s parents today.


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