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Pope Writes on Theme for 9th World Meeting of Families, “The Gospel of the Family: Joy for the World”
In a letter written in anticipation of the 2018 World Meeting of Families in Dublin, Pope Francis announced the theme of the meeting and expressed his hopes for a deepening and strengthening of the Gospel of the “joy of the family.”
In a recent training session with parish priests, Pope Francis gave a speech about the importance of compassion and understanding in pastoral ministry to marriages and families.
In a recent audience with the Roman Rota, Pope Francis called for stronger and more effective marriage preparation for couples approaching the sacrament. He noted the difficulties of choosing to marry in today’s culture and emphasized the importance of the faithful in being present to married couples in the Church.
On the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord, the Holy Father baptized twenty-eight babies in the Sistine Chapel. In his homily, he spoke of the faith that baptism bestows and the responsibility of parents to live as witnesses of that faith.
Good mothers bring tenderness to society, Pope Francis says. We can all follow the example of Mary, the Mother of God and first disciple.
The feast of the Holy Innocents, says Pope Francis, is a reminder to all of us to protect and cherish the children in our midst, especially those who are suffering.
Christmas is a night of glory, joy, and light, says Pope Francis. We must remember all suffering children on this day, and bring them the hope of the baby Jesus.
Pope Francis addressed members of the John Paul II Institute in Rome, exhorting them to use both their intelligence and compassion to bring the truth of God’s design for marriage to the Church and the world today.
During his recent apostolic journey to Georgia and Azerbaijan, the Holy Father discussed the importance of faith within the family structure and some current threats against marriage. He exhorted married couples to be courageous and gentle with one another, especially when arguments arise.
In a recent address to young people present at World Youth Day, Pope Francis provides three important words for married couples to embrace on a daily basis. He explains that these words are essential for strengthening marriages.
In a recent reflection on Amoris Laetitia, Pope Francis reminds all to be compassionate towards others, to remain humble, and to witness the inspiring and faithful love of elderly married couples.
Pope Francis recalls the Wedding Feast at Cana, congratulating those celebrating their 50th wedding anniversaries, and reminding all of Christ’s endless glory.
It’s here! Pope Francis’s prayerful reflections on marriage and the family will give married couples and families much solid guidance in their vocation of love.
On April 8, 2016, the Vatican plans to issue Pope Francis’ postsynodal apostolic exhortation Amoris Laetitia (“The Joy of Love”), the Holy Father’s reflection on marriage and family life.
Pope Francis looks to Saint Patrick as an example for young people and newlyweds to remain firm in their faith and boldly proclaim the Gospel.
On February 15, 2016, during his visit to Mexico, Pope Francis addressed a stadium of families regarding the beauty of family life.
On February 12, 2016, Pope Francis and Russian Orthodox Patriarch H.H. Kirill issued the first ever joint declaration between the two Churches. Speaking on topics from Christian persecution in the Middle East to the importance of family in society, they sought to emphasize the areas of unity between the two Churches.
Addressing the Diplomatic Corps, Pope Francis reaffirmed the Church’s teaching regarding the family as the foundation of society on January 11, 2016.
On January 22, 2016, Pope Francis spoke about the Church’s teaching on marriage not as “an ideal for the few” but as “a reality that, in the grace of Christ, can be experienced by all the baptized.”
At a Mass where Pope Francis baptized 26 children, he encouraged parents to remember that the greatest inheritance they can give their children is faith.
In his weekly audience, Pope Francis spoke of the Child Jesus and how much he teaches all of us about humility and faith. He encouraged parents and grandparents to learn from their own children.
Pope Francis encouraged families to go on pilgrimage together and to make their homes places of prayer, drawing from the readings for the Feast of the Holy Family.
“Today the Son of God is born and everything changes,” said Pope Francis on Christmas Eve. In his Urbi et Orbi message on Christmas Day, the Holy Father called for mercy and peace throughout the world.
Pope Francis encouraged Vatican employees to take care of their families and to prioritize their relationships with spouse and children.
As we approach the Jubilee of Mercy (begins Dec. 8, 2015), Pope Francis encouraged all people – and especially families – to open wide their doors to others, welcoming them in a spirit of hospitality.