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Pope Francis Corner: 2014 in Review


In 2014 Pope Francis made Christian marriage and family life a recurring theme of his pontificate.

He reflected on topics such as the Sacrament of Marriage, marital love, the importance of family life, family difficulties, and the value of children and the elderly. Frequently the Holy Father discussed the threats to marriage posed by our culture today. He also spoke directly to Church clergy, as well as to young people. The Extraordinary Synod on the Family took place in October 2014 with the Ordinary Synod on the Family coming up in October 2015. Pope Francis commented about these events repeatedly.  Finally, the Holy Father was happy to announce that he will be coming to Philadelphia in September 2015 for the World Meeting of Families!

Below you can find links to the various Pope Francis Corners of 2014, all of which bring you the joy-filled and hopeful words of Pope Francis on Christian marriage and family life:

Sacrament of Marriage

Pope Francis spoke about Marriage as God’s design in which the relationship of husband and wife reflects that of God and His Church.

“The image of God is the married couple: the man and woman; not only the man, not only the woman, but both together.” (General Audience, April 2, 2014)

God’s Magnificent Plan for the Family

God’s Masterpiece of Creation

Marriage, The Icon of God’s Love

The Heart of Christian Marriage

Christian Marital Love

Christian love is much different than what our society thinks love is, Pope Francis asserted. In these addresses, the Holy Father discussed the qualities that make the love between Christians reflective of Christ’s love and give Christians the courage to say “yes” forever.

“Married couples may learn to pray, ‘Give us this day our daily love’, teach us to love each other, to care for each other. The more you entrust yourselves to the Lord, the more your love will be ‘forever’, able to renew itself and to overcome every difficulty.” (Address to Engaged Couples, February 14, 2014)

Christian Love is Concrete

The Joy of “Yes” Forever

What a Wedding Day! 20 Marriages, 1 Pope

The Importance of Family Life

In 2014, the Holy Father marveled over the joys of family life and its importance in our world today. He was insistent on the fact that the family is the domestic Church and the foundation of society, in which all human beings are first educated in love.

“Families are the domestic Church, where Jesus grows; he grows in the love of spouses, he grows in the lives of children. That is why the enemy so often attacks the family.” (Address at 37th National Convocation of the “Renewal of the Spirit”, June 1, 2014)

Family is the Fundamental Cell of Society

The Family is the Domestic Church

Center of Love

Family is Irreplaceable: Women should be Valued

Jesus Chose to Enter a Human Family

Family Difficulties

The following Pope Francis Corners highlight the times he spoke about various difficulties families face in their daily lives and how they can nurture their familial relationships.

“A work-free Sunday – with the exception of necessary services – says that our priority is not to economics, but the human being, gratuity, non-commercial relations, rather family and friends, for believers it means a relationship with God and with the community.” (Pastoral Visit to Molise, Italy, July 5, 2014)

The Holy Family and All Families

A Call to Witness to Christian Marriage

The Priority of the Family

Reaffirming the Family

Children and the Elderly

In 2014, Pope Francis emphasized the special role that both children and the elderly have in our families, our Church and our world. He elaborated on the rights and dignity of both, as well as insisted upon the special gifts they have to offer.

“Children and grandparents are the hope of the people.”(Address to Members of the Italian Movement for Life, April 11, 2014)

Every Child has a Right to a Mother and a Father

Parents, Play with Your Children

At Baptism, Parents Give their Children the Gift of Faith

Children and the Elderly: Hope of the People

Grandparents: The Great Family of the Church

Jesus Brings the Generations Together

To Clergy

Pope Francis spoke directly to the clergy of the Church and encouraged them in their ministries to nurture, protect and strengthen family life.

“There is no aspect of family life – childhood and youth; friendship, engagement and marriage; spousal intimacy, fidelity and love; interpersonal relations and support – which is excluded from the healing and strengthening touch of God’s love, communicated through the Gospels and taught by the Church.” (Address to Bishops of the Episcopal Conference of Malawi during their Ad Limina Visit, November 6, 2014)

To Priests: Work with and for Families

Pope Francis on the Importance of Family Life

To Young People

To youth and young adults Pope Francis exclaimed that God has a vocation for each person. He encouraged them to have the courage to say “yes” to whatever God is asking.

“I wish you a good journey of discernment. The Lord has his vocation for each one of us, the place where He wants us to live our life. But we must seek and find it, and then continue to go forward.” (Address to Young People from the Diocese of Rome on a Vocation Retreat, July 3, 2014)

Seek and Find your Vocation

In Korea: Words for Youth and Laity

Our Culture Today

Pope Francis warned strongly about the “throwaway” culture in which we live and the various threats against the sanctity of marriage and family life.

“This revolution in manners and morals has often flown the flag of freedom, but in fact it has brought spiritual and material devastation to countless human beings.” (Address to a Colloquium at the Humanum Conference, November 17, 2014)

The Throwaway Culture Places Marriage under Attack

Complementarity is at the Root of Marriage

Pope Francis to the European Parliament

The Extraordinary Synod on the Family

In October of 2014 the Extraordinary Synod on the Family was held in Rome, with the theme “The pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelization.” The Ordinary Synod on the Family will be held in October of 2015 with the theme “The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world.” Pope Francis spoke about both what occurred in the Extraordinary Synod and looked ahead to the Ordinary Synod.

“Dear brothers and sisters, now we still have one year to mature, with true spiritual discernment, the proposed ideas and to find concrete solutions to so many difficulties and innumerable challenges that families must confront; to give answers to the many discouragements that surround and suffocate families.” (Closing Address of the Extraordinary Synod on the Family, October 19, 2014)

Pope Invites Families to Pray for Upcoming Extraordinary Synod

At the Extraordinary Synod: Prayer Vigil, Homily and Angelus

Closing of the Extraordinary Synod; Looking Ahead to the Ordinary Synod

Pope Begins New Series on the Family

World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis will be attending the World Meeting of Families in Philadelphia in September 2015!

“I have confirmed this choice on many occasions, looking with confidence and hope to this event of grace in which, God willing, I will take part. It will be held from September 22-27, 2015, and will have as its theme ‘Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive’.” (Letter to the President of the Pontifical Council for the Family, December 9, 2014)

Pope Looks forward to Philadelphia Trip



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